Best, worst states for driving: Where does New York rank?

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Heavy traffic, deteriorating infrastructure and high vehicle costs are making driving in New York a chore, according to a new report.

On Monday, WalletHub, an online financial advice site, released its annual list of the best and worst states to collect, with first place being the best state to collect and 50th the worst.

The Empire State ranked 32nd overall, making it the 19th worst state in the country.

The study analyzed 31 key indicators of positive commuting across all 50 states to develop a comprehensive ranking of existing driving conditions.

Key indicators included, but were not limited to: road quality; rush hour congestion; average gas prices; car maintenance costs; length of commute to work; road safety; access to petrol stations; maintenance facilities; car washes.

As in the previous year, New York performed poorly in the “Cost of Ownership & Maintenance” and “Traffic & Infrastructure” categories with places 46 and 47. Last year, New York placed 42nd and 46th in these categories.

However, as in previous years, the country shone in seventh and third place in the “Security” and “Access to Vehicles & Maintenance” categories. Last year, New York placed third and second in these categories.

New York ranked third for “most auto repair shops per capita” but 45th for “highest car maintenance costs.”

Additionally, that year, New York ranked second in “road traffic fatality rate” and sixth in “car theft rate,” but 31st in “road quality” and 40th in “average gasoline prices.”

These rankings show that while New York is one of the safer states to drive and has plentiful auto resources, it is also one of the most expensive states to own a car and local motorists are struggling with deteriorating road conditions.

According to the study, the top five states to drive in are Iowa (1), Georgia (2), Ohio (3), Oklahoma (4), and North Carolina (5). And the five worst driving states are: Hawaii (50), Washington (49), Delaware (48), Rhode Island (47) and Maryland (46).

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