Of All Of The States To Drive In, Pennsylvania Is 8th Worst
In 2016, Carinsurance.com published the results of a survey that scored each of the fifty states in eight categories to determine which were more favorable for the nation’s motorists. Pennsylvania finished 43rd or eighth worst in the country. Utah and Minnesota were the two best respectively in the nation while California was the worst ranked dead last; Oklahoma ranked 49th.
Here’s how Pennsylvania scored in each category as represented by the number in parentheses:
- Insurance (21): In this category, car insurance was measured as a percentage of median household income. Pennsylvania’s was 2.93% of median household income. In comparison, Hawaiians spent the least in the country, only 1.54 percent while the most, 6.8 percent, was spent in Michigan. New Yorkers spent 3.54% residents of New Jersey, 3.91 and Ohio, 2.80%.
- Uninsured drivers (6): This category represents the estimated percentage of uninsured drivers in a state. 6.5% of Pennsylvania drivers were uninsured, which helped attain its highest ranking in the surveyed categories. Oklahoma had the highest percentage of uninsured drivers with 25.9%. 5.3% of New York residents; 10.3% of New Jersey residents; and 13.5% of Ohio residents were uninsured according to the survey.
- Traffic fatalities (21): This number represents the number of traffic deaths per 100,000 people annually. Pennsylvania had 9.3 deaths per 100,000. Wyoming had the highest number of fatalities at 25.7 while Massachusetts and Rhode Island had the fewest at 4.9. New York had 5.3; New Jersey 6.2; and Ohio 8.7 traffic deaths per 100,000 people.
- Roads (35): This rating represents the percent of roads in a state that are in poor or mediocre condition. 57% of Pennsylvania roads are in such condition according to the survey. Connecticut has the worst roads in the country along with Illinois with 73% in mediocre or poor condition. New York has 60%; New Jersey 68%; and Ohio only 42%.
- Bridges (47): This number represents the percentage of bridges deemed structurally deficient. 42% of Pennsylvania bridges were considered substandard according to the survey, one of the worst rates in the country. New York had a rate of 39%; New Jersey 36%; and Ohio only 25%.
- Repair costs (35): This category estimated the extra cost of car repair due to driving on bad roads. Pennsylvanians spent $341 for repairs while New York residents spent $403; New Jersey residents $601 (nation’s worst); and Ohio residents $212.
- Gas (45): This is the average price of a gallon of gasoline in a state. Gas in Pennsylvania was $2.20 per gallon, one of the highest prices in the country. New York residents spent $2.18; New Jersey residents $1.87; and Ohio residents $1.98 per gallon of gas.
- Commute delay (34): This number represents the yearly delay in hours per auto commuter in a state’s most congested city. Pennsylvania’s delay was 48 hours compared to 74 hours for both New York and New Jersey; and 41 hours for Ohio.
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