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Hawaii is worst state for driving, study finds


    Honolulu firefighters responded to a house fire next to Kalani High School on Nov. 15. Hawaii is the worst state to drive in, according to a study released today by WalletHub.

Hawaii is the worst state to drive in, according to a study released today by WalletHub.

With the lowest score out of 50 states, Hawaii ranked last when factoring in 23 key indicators, including average gas prices, rush-hour traffic congestion and road quality.

Hawaii ranked at the bottom or near the bottom across several indicators, including No. 50 for average gas prices, No. 49 in auto maintenance costs and No. 46 in road quality. Hawaii also ranked No. 35 in share of rush-hour traffic congestion. Hawaii also deals with more days with precipitation than other states and is at the bottom when it comes to the number of car washes and auto repair shops per capita.

With the lowest score of 31.83, Hawaii came in behind Washington state, Maryland and California.

The best state to drive in was Texas, which ranked No. 1 with a score of 63.68, followed by Kansas at No. 2 and Nebraska, at No. 3.

Data was collected from numerous sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, Council for Community and Economic Research, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and American Automobile Association.

Traffic congestion, according to WalletHub, costs the average driver $1,400 per year in the U.S., which is home to 11 out of the world’s 25 worst cities for traffic.

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