On the road: Which US cities are the best and worst for driving?

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Americans lose an average of $564 a year wasting time sitting in traffic.

Personal finance website WalletHub released its 2022’s Best & Worst Cities to Drive In report to determine the most driver-friendly places in the United States.

WalletHub compared the 100 largest US cities across 30 key metrics. The data includes average gasoline prices, annual hours of traffic congestion per commuter, and auto repair shops per capita.

According to the report, the best city to drive in is Raleigh, NC, followed by Plano, TX, Corpus Christi, TX, Greensboro, NC, and Winston-Salem, NC. Orlando, Florida is not. 10 on the list of best cities to drive in.

At the other end, the worst city to drive in is Philadelphia, followed by Detroit, Oakland, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Chicago. New York, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Md., Seattle and Los Angeles round out the top 10 worst cities to drive in.

The lowest road fatality rate per 100,000 population is in Honolulu at 2.30, which is 14.9 times lower than Memphis’s 34.26, the highest fatality rate.

Gilbert, Arizona, per 1,000 population, has the fewest car thefts at 0.58, 26.4 times less than Oakland, California, the city with the most at 15.33.

The lowest average gasoline price, $3.12 per gallon, is in Laredo, Texas, and is 1.8 times lower than San Francisco, the city with the highest price at $5.46 $ per gallon.

Corpus Christi, Texas has the lowest average parking rate at $1 for two hours, 38.4 times less than Boston, which has the highest parking rate at $38.40 for two hours .

Experts have offered saving advice to drivers as gas prices are on an upward trend.

“Try to limit travel at speeds above 65 or 70 mph,” Dominique Lord, a professor and faculty member at Texas A&M University, said in a press release. “The optimal speed has been shown to be around 55 mph, where going above or below this value will increase gas consumption. Therefore, going slightly faster than 55 mph may be reasonable. Try to reduce sudden acceleration or deceleration events, which increase fuel consumption.

According to Dr. Hesham A. Rakha, professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Mobility at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, drivers should choose fuel-efficient routes.

“Faster journeys are not necessarily more energy efficient. Do not be aggressive on the accelerator pedal. We found that the 10% most aggressive events on a trip consume 25% of the total trip fuel,” Rakha said.

When will there be more autonomous vehicles on American roads than human-driven vehicles?

“We have a very long way to go before that happens – probably 75 to 100 years,” said Dr. Daniel V. McGehee, director of the National Advanced Driving Simulator, Industrial and Systems Engineering; Emergency Medicine, Public Health, Public Policy at the University of Iowa, said in a press release. “It will take more than 25 years for 90% of the U.S. fleet to have advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping (which doesn’t is not automated).”

Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UVA Brian L. Smith said it will take time for large numbers of autonomous vehicles to be seen on American roads. The majority will be in cities with on-demand services, like Uber and Lyft.

“It will take longer to see them in more suburban and rural areas. The exception to this will be large trucks. I expect to see platoons of partially automated trucks in the near future to enable more efficient and safer freight movement,” Smith said in the press release.

Experts gave their opinion on what local authorities can do to reduce traffic and improve safety.

“Investments in balanced and resilient transportation systems that focus on moving people and goods rather than vehicles are a good place to start,” said Dr. Kyle Shelton, director of the Center for Transportation Studies at the ‘University of Minnesota, in the press release. For example, in urban areas, quality public transport operated by professional drivers not only moves people more efficiently and safely than single-occupant vehicles, but also frees up roadway space for shippers and commercial and emergency vehicles… Constructing streets in a way that encourages a range of users to interact safely is a must. Most roads today are geared towards drivers. This orientation leaves other users on the periphery and, due to a lack of infrastructure, puts vulnerable users such as pedestrians and cyclists at risk… The way we design our roads, especially those with multiple users, can go a long way in signaling drivers how to share space.

McGehee said local authorities can enact hands-free-only laws regarding smartphone use while driving, as well as put in place and enforce seat belt laws for all seating positions, lower the rate of blood alcohol content to 0.05% or higher and adopt strict teen driver licensing systems. .


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