Being stuck in slow-moving traffic is one of the most frustrating parts of driving, especially if you want to test out your new car subscription on the open road, without having to worry about traffic jams getting in the way of your journey and waiting for what feels like an eternity for the lights to turn green.
But which states are the slowest when it comes to car trips? We’ve looked into speed limits, road quality, signal delays, the proportion of cars on the road and the proportion of traffic deaths across the country to find out.
Beginning with a list of US states, we analyzed each one on the following factors. We then gave each state a normalized score out of ten for each of the factors, before taking an average across each of these scores to reach our final overall score out of ten.
Urban speed limits: The highest speed limit on urban highways in each state according to Wikipedia
Rural speed limits: The highest speed limit on rural highways in each state according to Wikipedia
Percentage of Acceptable Highways: The percentage of total roads in each state deemed in an acceptable condition In 2020 according to The Bureau of Transportation
Signal Delay Per Vehicle (seconds): The average number of seconds each vehicle spends waiting at stop signals In each state in 2020 according to Inrix
Vehicles per Mile of Road: The total number of registered vehicles in each state in 2020 according to The Bureau of Transportation divided by the total length of roads in each state in 2020 according to The Bureau of Transportation.
Road Deaths per 100,000 people: The total number of road traffic deaths in each state in 2020 per 100,000 of the population according to the NHTSA