Only Two Cities in America Are Worse Than Philly to Drive in, According to New Study

Image of I-95 in Philadelphia via Yong Kim, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Those of us stuck on the Schuylkill Expressway or I-95 have always suspected it, but now a study proves our suspicions correct. Philadelphia is tough for driving, writes Emily Rolen for PhillyVoice.

A 2019 WalletHub study used 30 indicators that looked at traffic and infrastructure, cost of ownership and maintenance of vehicles, safety, and access to vehicles.

Of the 100 cities in the study, Philadelphia was 98th in making the driving experience a friendly one, ranking low in most of the 30 categories. Only Oakland and Detroit did worse.

Here’s a breakdown of how Philly ranked among the 100 cities studied:

  • Cost of Ownership and Maintenance: 91st
  • Traffic and infrastructure: 96th
  • Safety: 82nd
  • Access to vehicles and maintenance: 34th

WalletHub also noted that Philly drivers had among the highest accident rates compared to the national average and is among the top five highest parking rates of all 100 cities.

PennDOT reported that based on data from 2017, there were 128,188 reportable traffic crashes in Pennsylvania. Philly accounted for 8.7 percent of those total crashes and for the most traffic-related fatalities, compared to Pennsylvania’s other counties.

Read more about the challenges of driving in Philadelphia at PhillyVoice here.

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