Out of the 100 largest cities compared across 30 key indicators of driver-friendliness, Raleigh came out on top in a recent study by WalletHub. With a total score of 67% drivability around town, this score considered the average data from gas prices, annual hours in traffic congestion, and auto-repair shops per capita. Raleigh toppled the competition, ranking 5% higher than Austin, TX and Tampa, FL.
The major expenses that encompass commuting is no secret – especially to drivers relying on their own personal vehicles to get around. An annual average of 360 hours is spent on the road by drivers across the country. Rising fuel costs paired with traffic congestions leads to an annual tab of $564 per driver in wasted expenses. America’s highways and bridges are overall underfunded which has paved the way for a backlog in billions of dollars needed in repairs. There is a clear need for improvement as the U.S ranks 17th in quality out of 141 economically developed nations.