You may have already said it out loud in your car and now you have a study to confirm it: San Antonio is one of the cities with the worst accidents.
The city’s ranking for accident probability and traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents was in the bottom half of a list based on a recent study by WalletHub’s personal finance website. San Antonio came in at number 52.
While it may surprise some, the Alamo City ranked 24th out of the top 100 best and worst cities in the United States, WalletHub found. San Antonio came ahead of Houston, which finished at number 71.
To compile the ranking, the finance website compared the cost of owning and maintaining a vehicle, average gasoline prices, hours spent on congested roads, and the amount of money invested in infrastructure.
Among other notable results, San Antonians spend more time in traffic than other cities like Tampa and Orlando, which are known to have some of the most frustrating traffic growls in Florida.
However, the study also found that Texas cities, with San Antonio at the top, had the lowest average gas prices in the country. The Alamo City was followed by No. 2 Corpus Christi. Houston and Austin were tied in 5th place.
Only two Texas cities made it into the top 10 best cities to drive a car in the U.S. Corpus Christi and Austin ranked 5th and 10th, respectively.
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According to WalletHub, El Paso and Lubbock enjoyed the ranking with the lowest annual congestion hours per commuter.
WalletHub said the COVID-19 pandemic had created fear of public transportation and a greater than usual dependence on private vehicles. Drivers spend an average of more than 310 hours on the road each year.
The website’s experts speculated that the time spent in traffic and additional fuel costs is around $ 1,400 per driver each year.