Yup, you’re right – driving in Colorado is sometimes (ok, a lot of the time) bad.
Between the constant (and seemingly never-ending) road construction, inclement weather (winter is approaching), rising gas prices, the only existence of bad drivers (cmon, you know it’s true), and a number of other annoyances, Colorado drivers can’t grasp the break.
According to a new study conducted by a consumer financial services company, Bankrate, driving in Colorado is therefore bad, we actually rank in the top 5 the worst domestic states for motorists.
What is research based on?
To find and rank the worst – and best – states for drivers, the team at Bankrate used the following four factors as the main basis for collecting data from each state:
- Value – includes average prices for auto repair, gas, and auto insurance in each state. Bankrate’s team found that, since overall vehicle costs act as the heavyweights in the average person’s day-to-day life, the overall cost factor is considered the heaviest of all. this study (45%)
- Safety – including data usage related to DUI arrests, traffic deaths, seat belt failure, wildlife collisions, and motor vehicle theft in each state. This category is equally weighted in the study with driving quality (25%)
- Driving quality – includes using a list of factors that commonly affect drivers on the road – such as road conditions, average commute time and average time spent in traffic per year in each state (25 %)
- Weather – includes the use of data regarding average rainfall and average number of deaths during rain, snow, or hail in each state. This subcategory has the lowest weighting (5%) due to different weather patterns in each state.
Where is the Colorado Ranking, And Why
According to research, our lovely state of Colorado ranks among the worst places to drive due to high gas prices and auto insurance costs (and they’re not wrong).
“Despite being one of the best states for our driving-related weather metrics, Colorado is one of the worst states for drivers.”, discovery research.
For starters, did you know that the average fully insured auto insurance premium is $342 more per year relative to the national average? If you didn’t know, now you know – and that is nuts.
And regarding Colorado’s gas prices, don’t even start with me; In Colorado, the average price of gas has increased by more than a dollar over the past 12 months; at this time last year, the price of gas in Colorado averaged $2.19 per gallon, according to AAA.
Today, Coloradoans are paying an average of $3.51 per gallon at the pump, while gas prices are 10 cents cheaper on average nationally.
On top of that, the study found that we Colorados often face poor road quality while driving (again, not wrong) and urbanization congestion is higher than the national average. .
Good news? Colorado no NS worst case scenario for drivers, and for the sake of finding something to celebrate, this could be it.
As it turns out, there are actually worse places to drive in the country than in Colorado; Those places include:
- Rhode Island
- California (aka the worst state for drivers – according to Bankrate)
For the best, Bankrate found that the top 5 states in the country for drivers are:
- Ohio – one of the cheapest places for motorists
- Iowa – ranked sixth for driving quality, fourth cheapest state for motorists
- Utah – ranked in the 10 best states for safety, driving quality and weather
- Indiana – ranked in the top 10 best states for safety and cost
- Idaho – third cheapest auto insurance premium in the US
Overall, research shows that the best states for motorists are often found in the Midwest.
Check out the full research for yourself here.
Colorado’s Tiny Towns
In a small town, where do you go shopping? Is there a place to go to eat? And, since not many people live in these many small towns, is there even anything to do?
For the select few (and I mean few) living in these little towns, I have so many questions … the main question is, how do you do it?
From (lack of) population to severe earthquake activity – there are many reasons why I, personally, could never live in a small town.
Maxx is only 2 hours away but says she will be traveling around the country to see her favorite artist in concert – How far will you travel?
If you ask me, I will travel any where to see my favorite artists in concert… as long as my schedule and bank account allows, I don’t care if the show is 20 minutes away or nationwide – I will Go.
How far would you go to see your favorite artist in concert?
https://newcountry991.com/not-just-your-imagination-it-really-does-suck-driving-in-co/ It really doesn’t suck to drive in CO