In this day and age, most people in America need to drive around for a number of different reasons, whether it be for work, groceries, and etc. However, in terms of which parts of the country are more accommodating or less of a hassle for drivers, it really depends on a number of different factors.
Bankrate recently put out a study that examines the driver experience of all 50 states and ranks the best and worst states by cost, safety, driving quality, and weather. Unfortunately, the shows that Louisiana is the 2nd worst state in the country for drivers. The only state that was ranked worse is California, which Bankrate rated the worst state for drivers for the 4th time.
According to Bankrate, Louisiana ranks so low because of high costs drivers have to deal with. Louisiana drivers pay the highest auto insurance premiums in the country ($2724, which is $1050 higher than the national average for full coverage) and is ranked 20th for cost of auto repairs ($392.15).
In addition, the Pelican State suffers from significant urbanized congestion, as well as a high fatality rate on state roadways. Bankrate's study found that Louisiana ranked 14th worst for driving quality due to a high percentage of roads in poor condition (24.90%), has the 17th longest average commute time in the country at 26.6 minutes, and has the 16th most time spent in congestion per commuter (which comes out to 40.8 hours per year). Louisiana also ranked 20th worst for safety and 20th best for weather.
To read more about Bankrate's study, click HERE.