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Travel Tip: The Best & Worst Cities for Drivers in the United States

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Gas prices are dropping to their lowest point in 12 years.

But that doesn’t mean the traffic is getting any better.

It’s estimated Americans lose $124 billion annually in wasted time and fuel due to traffic congestion alone.

So which are the best U.S. cities for driving?

Finance website WalletHub did the research, comparing the 100 largest cities across 25 key metrics.

The most driver-friendly cities in the U.S. might surprise you:

1. Corpus Christi, Texas
2. Gilbert, Arizona
3. Greensboro, North Carolina
4. Mesa, Arizona
5. El Paso, Texas
6. Laredo, Texas
7. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
8. Plano, Texas
9. Scottsdale, Arizona
10. Raleigh, North Carolina

But what about actual time spent in traffic?

Greensboro, North Carolina residents spent the fewest annual hours in traffic—about 4.2.

The worst? Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, and Washington, D.C all tied for last at a whopping 104 hours.

How about the cities that ranked lowest?

10. Oakland, California
9. Detroit, Michigan
8. Washington, D.C.
7. Seattle, Washington
6. Boston, Massachusetts
5. Honolulu, Hawaii
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3. Baltimore, Maryland
2. Los Angeles, California
1. Newark, New Jersey

Las Vegas has the most auto repair shops per capita, followed by Orlando, New York, Miami, and Houston. Boston has the fewest, followed by Irvine, California and Laredo, Texas.

Gilbert, Arizona has the lowest percentage of car theft. But you might want to watch your car in Oakland, San Bernardino, and Milwaukee, which all tied for the highest car theft rate.

Tulsa, Oklahoma has the lowest average gas price at $1.85 a gallon. But don’t fill up in San Francisco, where the average is $3.20 a gallon.

When it comes to auto maintenance costs, Portland, Oregon ranked lowest while New York City ranked highest, followed by Honolulu.

The most car washes per capita were found in Las Vegas, Orlando, and Miami, which all tied. The city with the fewest was Boston, followed by Garland and Laredo, Texas.

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