This Is the Worst US City to Drive In

Oakland is no smooth ride, but you'll be cruising right along in Lincoln, Neb.
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2020 9:19 AM CDT
This Is the Worst US City to Drive In
Stay away from Oakland if you want a smooth ride.   (Getty Images/Naked King)

While more of us are telecommuting during the pandemic, WalletHub notes that many prefer to drive rather than take public transportation in the COVID-19 era, so it looked at the 100 largest cities in the country to see where driving is the best—and the worst. The site examined 31 key metrics in four main categories: the cost of vehicle ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, safety (including such factors as the likelihood of having an accident and the rate of car thefts), and access to vehicles and maintenance. Turns out Lincoln, Neb., is where driving is a relative breeze, while Oakland could use tuneup. Read on for the best cities to drive in:

  1. Lincoln, Neb.
  2. Raleigh, NC
  3. Corpus Christi, Texas
  4. Greensboro, NC
  5. Boise, Idaho
  6. Plano, Texas
  7. Winston-Salem, NC
  8. Nashville, Tenn.
  9. Orlando, Fla.
  10. Omaha, Neb.
Read on for where you might have more of a white-knuckle ride.

  1. Seattle
  2. Newark, NJ
  3. San Bernardino, Calif.
  4. Chicago
  5. Los Angeles
  6. New York
  7. Detroit
  8. San Francisco
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Oakland, Calif.
See here what the driving's like in other cities. (People probably pass their learner's permit test on the first try in the smartest city in America.)

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