Top Ten Worst US Cities to Drive

Top Ten Worst US Cities to Drive

Daniel Hall 21/06/2024
Top Ten Worst US Cities to Drive

With the pandemic now behind us, traffic on today’s roadways has increased dramatically.

This means motorists who travel through busy metropolitan areas can become especially stressed out. Here are the 10 worst cities to drive in. 

Oakland, California


If your daily commute involves driving through Oakland, be sure to pay attention. At times, this city’s hectic traffic can be an absolute nightmare. Drivers also have to deal with steep fuel prices. According to the latest report, the average cost of regular unleaded is nearly $5.00 a gallon

Miami, Florida

Miami is a top destination for tourists. Unfortunately, its roadways are often crowded throughout the year. Locals can expect long commutes. Because Miami tends to have a great deal of rainfall, driving conditions can also be challenging. Furthermore, drivers must factor in the city’s high cost of auto insurance. 

San Francisco

Known as The City by the Bay, San Francisco rewards residents with mild weather and beautiful scenery. On the downside, commuters frequently encounter traffic jams. Auto theft is another big concern for San Francisco drivers. Research shows there are more than 675 stolen cars per 100,000 residents in the city. 

Houston, Texas

Houston’s is steadily growing. Along with the city’s rising population comes increased traffic. All this congestion, led to more than 67,000 reported car accidents in the city resulting in 290 deaths. Aside from having to contend with congestion on a regular basis, drivers in Houston may have difficulty finding a nearby auto repair shop.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Don’t expect Philadelphia to provide a great driving experience. Its traffic speed ranks among the slowest in the entire country. This is especially true when traveling downtown. There are also other issues that tend to plaque drivers, including steep car insurance premiums. 

New York, New York 

For decades now, New York City has maintained a reputation for its frantic driving conditions. During peak traffic times, it may take you 30 minutes just to travel a few miles. For this reason, many residents opt not to even own a vehicle. The average cost of auto insurance has also ballooned past $4,600 a year

Chicago, Illinois

There are many perks to living in the Windy City. However, the city’s overall driving experience is often described as being terrible. During rush hour, traffic tends to move at a snail’s pace. Drivers are known to be drained by the end of their commute. 

Atlanta Georgia

While Alanta may be one of the finest cities in the South, its driving conditions are less than ideal. Drivers must keep an eye on the road at all times. Because of Atlanta’s dangerous traffic, several fatal car accidents occur every year. 

Dallas, Texas

Although Dallas isn’t the largest city on this list, don’t underestimate the amount of traffic it has. Like Atlanta, Dallas has a large number of deadly car crashes every year. Research shows the city has 14.85 fatal auto accidents per 100,000 residents. Car insurance rates in Dallas are also now through the roof. 

Portland, Oregon


Portland is known for its rainy weather, which often translates to decreased road visibility. Car theft in Portland has also surged over the past few years. Yet another issue is the city’s slow flow of traffic. 

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Daniel Hall

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Daniel Hall is an experienced digital marketer, author and world traveller. He spends a lot of his free time flipping through books and learning about a plethora of topics.

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