- Florida ranked 7th on the list
- Hawaii has the worst roads, followed by Rhode Island and Louisiana
- New Hampshire has the best roads, followed by Minnesota and Vermont
- To determine which states have the worst (and best) roads, ConsumerAffairs analyzed data from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration and other government agencies
- About 46% of survey respondents who rated their roads 1 out of 10 (terrible) were from California
- Overall, respondents gave their roads an average score of 4.8 out of 10
Florida has some of the best road conditions in the U.S., according to a new report.
With holiday travel season upon us, ConsumerAffairs released a report on Tuesday showcasing which states are the best and worst to drive through. The web-based news and resource center analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Federal Highway Administration and our own proprietary data to rank the best and worst road conditions for travel by state, using the following criteria: Federal Highway Administration road quality, motor crash fatalities, amount spent per mile of road and vehicle miles traveled.
Those traveling through the Sunshine State can expect a smoother travel than other road warriors this season. Florida came in at No. 7 on the list, boasting some of the best roads in the country.
“A driver in Venice we surveyed said their city had no potholes and that the roads are ‘nicely paved and maintained.’ Not everyone in the state is happy with the traffic situation, though — some residents complained about out-of-towners who ‘don’t know where they are going’ overcrowding their roads,” the report noted.
“Despite its snowbird problem, the Sunshine State received a C-plus for its roads on the Infrastructure Report Card, which is just higher than the nation’s average score (C-minus). In terms of pavement conditions, over 99% of Florida’s rural roads and about 95% of its urban roads are in fair or good condition, according to the IRI,” ConsumerAffairs added.
New Hampshire has the best roads in the U.S., followed by Minnesota, Vermont, Alabama and Idaho. Residents from these states remarked on the roads’ smooth pavement, funding for repairs and regular maintenance. Some people commented on the absence of heavy traffic.
Additionally, drivers traveling through Hawaii, Rhode Island, Louisiana, California, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Arkansas, Colorado, South Carolina and Iowa are in for the bumpiest and potentially most dangerous rides this holiday season. Low infrastructure budgets have led to potholed, uneven and hazardous roads in these states, according to the new study.