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Washington is one of nation's worst states for drivers, study finds

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Washington is one of the nation's worst states to drive in, according to a new study released Tuesday.

The study, by personal finance website WalletHub, found that Washington ranks as the third-worst state for drivers, thanks mainly to steep gas prices, high rates of car theft, poor overall road quality, traffic congestion and other factors.

The only states with a worse rating than Washington are Rhode Island and Hawaii, the report found. The best state for drivers is Iowa, followed by Tennessee at No. 2 and North Carolina at No. 3, according to the analysis.

The study arrived at the rankings by comparing all 50 states across 31 key metrics, such as traffic congestion, gas prices, auto maintenance costs, car theft rate and number of days with precipitation.

Specifically, the analysis found that Washington has the third-highest gas prices in the nation, the seventh-worst roads and eighth worst car theft rate.

The Evergreen State also ranks below average for rush-hour traffic congestion and auto maintenance costs.

The only categories in which Washington was rated above average were its overall safety ranking, the number of car dealerships per capita and the number of auto repair shops per capita.

The study also found that traffic congestion costs U.S. drivers $87 billion per year.

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You can view the study's full results here

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