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Kansas is among the best states for driving, study says, but Missouri has cheap gas

Kansas is the second-best state in the country for driving, according to an analysis that compared 23 metrics, including gas prices, rush-hour traffic and road quality.
Kansas is the second-best state in the country for driving, according to an analysis that compared 23 metrics, including gas prices, rush-hour traffic and road quality. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Kansas is the second-best state in the country for driving, according to an analysis that compared 23 metrics, including gas prices, rush-hour traffic and road quality.

Missouri did not make the top 10 or the bottom 10 lists for overall ease of driving, but the state did stand out as having the lowest average regular gas price at $2.266 per gallon, according to the study by WalletHub.

Missouri has the fourth-lowest gas tax at 17.30 cents, according to the Tax Foundation. That means less money for road and bridge maintenance.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, on Wednesday released its 2018 rankings of the best and worst states to drive in.

Factors considered in the study included the cost of vehicle ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, safety, car theft, and even precipitation.

Overall, Missouri was in the middle of the pack, ranked 28th.

The best state for driving, according to the analysis, is Texas. The worst state is New York.

Interestingly, most of the states on the top 10 list would be considered “red,” or conservative, states. Most of the states on the worst 10 list would be considered “blue,” or liberal states.

Some other fun facts:

▪ Vermont has the fewest car thefts per 1,000 residents. New Mexico has the most.

▪ California has the most auto repair shops per square root of the population. Alaska has the fewest.

▪ Maine has the lowest average car insurance rate at $925. Michigan has the highest at $2,484.

Matt Campbell: 816-234-4902, @MattCampbellKC

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