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WalletHub: State is 3rd best to drive in

January 26, 2019

Indiana is the third best state to drive in, a study by personal finance website WalletHub found.

According to the study, which ranks states on various criteria, Indiana is 10th in rush-hour traffic congestion, 26th in traffic fatality rates, 27th in car theft rates and 16th in repair shops per capita. Indiana also ranks 21st in average gas prices, fourth in auto maintenance costs, eighth in road quality and 15th in car dealerships per capita.

Indiana was topped in the overall ranking by Illinois and Oregon. WalletHub has been working on the study since September and results were released this week. 

At eighth in road quality, 29 percent of Indiana’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition, Jill Gonzalez, a WalletHub analyist, said in a statement.

“Overall, Indiana’s drivers can rest assured that they have safe, well-maintained roads,” Gonzalez said. “This leads to fewer congestions, which is a benefit to people’s wallets, as well as their states of mind.”

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry said in a statement that improvements to neighborhood infrastructure and the city’s transportation system are critical to the city’s success. 

“Over the past five years, we’ve invested 31 million planned in additional upgrades for 2019. With support from neighborhoods and City Council, we’ve been able to make significant progress,” Henry said.

“The Public Works Division, which includes the Street Department, should be commended for their proactive efforts to ensure we’re meeting the needs of motorists. It takes a team approach to make a lasting impact,” the statement said. “Indiana’s high ranking demonstrates a collective commitment and understanding that safe and efficient streets and roads help with job growth, private investments, quality of life and strong neighborhoods.”

The study can be found at https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-to-drive-in/43012.

dgong@jg.net

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