However, not all roads are created equal, and traffic can be much beastlier in certain parts of the country than others. But just where exactly are the worst cities to be stuck schlepping to and fro in your car these days? To find out, the folks at WalletHub did a massive survey of raw data and determined exactly which US cities are the best and worst places for drivers in 2018.
To figure out how driving stacks up across the country, the data whizzes at WalletHub considered the 100 largest US cities, then measured them across four key dimensions: cost of ownership & maintenance, traffic & infrastructure, safety, and access to vehicles and maintenance. Specifically, they compared 29 relevant metrics using stats from a number of government agencies looking at things like the cost of a new car and average gas prices, annual hours spent in traffic congestion per commuter, traffic fatality rates, and car dealerships per capita.
Topping the charts as the best place to be a driver in 2018 is Raleigh, North Carolina, followed by Corpus Christi, Texas, and Orlando, Florida. At the bottom of the list is Detroit, which is closely followed by San Francisco, with Oakland ranking as third worst city to drive. If you’re curious, you can scope out the full list, but here’s how things rank among the 15 best and worst lists.