We don’t want Nevada to become one of the worst states to drive in but unfortunately it’s out of our control. Most people don’t like driving in traffic and if you’re someone who says you do we would think you’re crazy.

Las Vegas has roughly two million people in it and the routes to get anywhere are averaging 20 to 30 minutes which isn’t horrible, for now. We don’t want the California transplants to clog up our roads causing drive times to increase. Plus, traffic causes other problems including car wrecks, lateness, mechanical issues and a slue of other things.

A new study has just been released by our friends at Wallethub on “2023 Best & Worst States To Drive In.” The data showcases positive driving experiences in congruent with 31 key metrics.

Four of their main categories are: Cost of ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, safety and access to vehicles and maintenance. Total scores were taken from the weighted average of each metric which is how the order of the states were placed. All categories except the “Total score” were ranked with a 1 meaning the best and 100 meaning the worst.

The top 5 states for the “best” driving experience rank as:

5. North Carolina 60.65

4. Oklahoma 60.81

3. Ohio 61.38

2. Georgia 61.41

1. Iowa 62.61

Iowa, had the highest overall score from all 50 states. Just a reminder, the total score is not calculated in the 1 to 100 ranking system. The state ranked a 7 in cost of ownership, 9 in traffic and infrastructure, 35 in safety and a 19 in access to vehicles and maintenance, making it the top destination to drive in. Other states may need to take a note from Iowa’s road regulations and policies.

The state with the most rush hour traffic is California and the state with the least amount is West Virginia.

So what are the worst states to drive in and where does Nevada rank? We are glad you asked!

  • 7) Nevada

    Total Score: 49.91

    Cost of ownership and maintenance: 48

    Traffic and infrastructure: 15

    Safety: 9

    Access to vehicles and maintenance: 37

    Driving Las Vegas

  • 6) Missouri

    Total Score: 48.72

    Cost of ownership and maintenance: 28

    Traffic and infrastructure: 29

    Safety: 50

    Access to vehicles and maintenance: 15

    Missouri Driving

  • 5) Maryland

    Total Score: 48.09

    Cost of ownership and maintenance: 37

    Traffic and infrastructure: 50

    Safety: 19

    Access to vehicles and maintenance: 22

    Maryland Driving

  • 4) Rhode Island

    Total Score: 47.84

    Cost of ownership and maintenance: 45

    Traffic and infrastructure: 46

    Safety: 5

    Access to vehicles and maintenance: 45

    Rhode Island Driving

  • 3) Delaware

    Total Score: 47.50

    Cost of ownership and maintenance: 44

    Traffic and infrastructure: 36

    Safety: 11

    Access to vehicles and maintenance: 49

  • 2) Washington

    Total Score: 47.48

    Cost of ownership and maintenance: 47

    Traffic and infrastructure: 39

    Safety: 20

    Access to vehicles and maintenance: 16

  • 1) Hawaii

    Total Score: 40.28

    Cost of ownership and maintenance: 50

    Traffic and infrastructure: 43

    Safety: 6

    Access to vehicles and maintenance: 38