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Maryland was named the third worst state to drive in according to a study done by Wallethub. Surprisingly, Virginia was the 13th best state for drivers. D.C. was not included in the study. (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/ DC Refined)

Maryland is the third worst state to drive in

Washingtonians love to complain about three things: rent prices, Congress and traffic. Turns out, Maryland residents have the real right to be complaining about that last one!

Maryland was named the third worst state to drive in according to a study done by Wallethub. Surprisingly, Virginia was the 13th best state for drivers (DISAGREE STRONGLY!) and D.C. was not included in the study. Not only can congestion cause you frustration and tardiness, but it also costs the average driver $1,400 per year in the U.S.!

To determine the most driver-friendly states in the U.S., they compared all 50 states across 23 key metrics. Factors included average gas prices, share of rush-hour traffic congestion, road quality and more.

Here's how Maryland stacked up (1 = Best, 25 = Average):

  • 30th -- Average Gas Prices
  • 30th -- Road Quality
  • 41st -- Share of Rush-Hour Traffic Congestion
  • 46th -- Traffic Indiscipline
  • 46th -- Strictness of DUI Punishment
  • 47th -- Roadway Miles per 1,000 Residents
  • 48th -- Average Commute Time by Car

In case you are curious, the worst state to drive in is Hawaii. But you live in Hawaii! What's there to complain about Hawaiians?

So what do you think? Does the data support your commuting experience?

For more information, you can check out the full study here.



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