Updated: Jun 1, 2020
There are plenty of old tropes about which city across the U.S. is the worst for driving. You might even think it’s your hometown if you’re grumbling each time you hit a pothole or mumbling not-so-savory words under your breath while you’re stuck in traffic each morning.
It would be nearly impossible to pinpoint exactly which city is the absolute worst to drive in, whether you’re in your family sedan, hauling a trailer, or driving a fleet truck. But, there are factors to consider when it comes to a few of the worst locations, including:
With those factors in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the worst US cities to drive in, and why they make the cut. While you might not be able to completely avoid hitting the road in these areas, make sure to prepare yourself for a less-than-pleasant driving experience when you do.
San Jose, California
Do you know the way to San Jose?
If you do, you might want to avoid it.
Not only is the city driving annoying, with over 81 hours lost in 2017 alone due to congestion, but it can be dangerous. As far as traffic fatalities go, the city saw 6.2 deaths per 100,000 people.
Most people expect California roads to be crowded and they even expect to have a long commute time. But, when roads become downright dangerous, it’s a good idea to try to find alternate routes.
No, not every city on this list will be from California, but Oakland had to make the cut thanks to its extremely high gas prices, congestion, and a lack of public parking. For such a busy city, it can be a headache for those driving there just to find a place to park each day. That makes daily commutes a struggle, and can make it even more stressful for tourists visiting the area.
It’s hard to think about cars and driving without including the Motor City! But, despite Detroit’s old reputation as a car-forward city, it can be a nightmare to drive in. There is typically a ton of road construction, thanks to the long winter months causing damage to the streets.
All of that construction leads to a lot of congestion and traffic in the inner city, which tends to make frustrations high.
But, that’s not the only problem the major Michigan city faces. Detroit is often listed as one of the worst cities in the country for car thefts. So, even if you do find a place to park, keeping your car safe from a potential crime could be your next problem!
Rounding out the list is the country’s capital, which is often a driving nightmare thanks to all of the tourist attractions in the area. It can be overly-crowded, making it difficult for people who actually live there to commute.
Additionally, DC has a lot of one-way streets, which can be confusing for drivers who aren’t familiar with the area. And, because it’s such a tourist city, parking is very expensive.
Again, anyone could probably throw their own ‘worst city’ for driving on this list, but these make the cut for a variety of reasons. Which others would you consider the worst, and why?
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