There is always a battle between Iowa and Illinois drivers. We argue about who has the better drivers and which state is better to drive in. A new study has proved that Iowa is a better state to drive in. The study also proves that overall, Iowa is the best state to drive in.

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Our friends at WalletHub have conducted a study to show 2022's Best and Worst States to Drive in. To figure this out and to rank the states, WalletHub compared the 50 states across four key dimensions:

  1. Cost of Ownership & Maintenance
  2. Traffic & Infrastructure
  3. Safety
  4. Access to Vehicles & Maintenance

WalletHub evaluated those dimensions using 31 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the best for drivers.

Finally, WalletHub did a bunch of math and determined each state’s weighted average across all metrics. That allowed them to calculate their overall score and used each state's score to rank-order the states.

This is WalletHub's list of 2022's Best and Worst States to Drive in:

Source: WalletHub

According to WalletHub, Iowa is the best state to drive in.

Iowa ranked 6th in Share of Rush-Hour Traffic Congestion, 23rd in Traffic Fatality Rate, 21st in Car Theft Rate, 21st in Auto-Repair Shops per Capita, 14th in Average Gas Prices, 28th in Auto-Maintenance Costs, 4th in Road Quality, and 15th in Car Dealerships per Capita.

Iowa had an overall score of 62.04 (the best out of any state) and ranked in the following four key dimensions:

  1. Cost of Ownership & Maintenance - 5th
  2. Traffic & Infrastructure - 7th
  3. Safety - 38th
  4. Access to Vehicles & Maintenance - 22nd
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Illinois was actually pretty high on this list. Illinois ranked as the 9th best state to drive in, according to WalletHub. From the statistics we received from WalletHub, Illinois ranked 4th in Auto-Repair Shops per Capita, which is better than Iowa.

Illinois had an overall score of 59.71 and ranked in the following four key dimensions:

  1. Cost of Ownership & Maintenance - 34th
  2. Traffic & Infrastructure - 36th
  3. Safety - 6th
  4. Access to Vehicles & Maintenance - 5th

You can see how the other 48 states ranked here.

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