New Yorkers who fight traffic on the tri-state area’s clogged bridges, tunnels and expressways might take issue with a new survey that finds the Empire State has some of the nation’s best driving conditions.
New York ranked 19th on Wallet Hub’s annual list of 2021 Best & Worst States to Drive In.
Surveyors found that 31 states fared worse than New York on average in categories like cost of ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure and safety, even though the state is home to some of the nation’s highest tolls and worst commutes.
Texas and Indiana topped the list for best driving conditions, with California and Hawaii coming in last.
Traffic congestion has been reduced all over the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a 14 percent cutback in total miles traveled from coast to coast in the first 10 months of 2020, compared to the previous year.
Gas prices under $2 in parts of the state last year may have also helped New York’s ranking.
Connecticut and New Jersey both fared worse than their tri-state neighbor, with the Constitution State ranking 35 on the list and the Garden State coming in at 42.
New York City still had the 14th-worst traffic conditions of global cities, according to the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard.