Ohio was ranked second in a new report from Bankrate.com on the best states for drivers. The Buckeye State received 46.2 out of a possible 60 points, second only to Iowa, which had a perfect score.
The report revealed many positives for drivers in Ohio, including:
- The fatality rate per 100 million miles driven is less than one.
- The stolen vehicle rate is 148.4 per 100,000 people.
- The average commute time is 23.4 minutes each way.
- Drivers spend an average of $1,058 on gasoline.
- Drivers spend approximately $709 per year on insurance, the seventh-lowest amount in the country.
- Car repairs cost an average of $356 per repair.
These statistics allowed Ohio to score above the national average in each of the six metrics in Bankrate’s report.
Ohio’s second-place finish in this year’s report is a significant improvement over last year’s 18th-place finish.
Decrease In Car Ownership Costs
Ohio, along with the rest of the nation, is experiencing a decrease in the cost of owning and operating a car. In 2016, the cost of owning and operating a car in the United States hit a six-year low, according to a study from AAA released last spring.
This could be one of the reasons people are spending so much time behind the wheel, 17,600 minutes per year, according to another report from AAA released last fall.
Unfortunately, more time on the road increases the risk for accidents that could lead to severe injuries or death.
If you suffered injuries in an Ohio car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The car accident lawyers of O’Connor’ Acciani & Levy can review your claim for free and guide you through the legal process if you have a valid claim.