Albuquerque ranks high in nationwide driving survey


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Drivers everywhere love to complain, but a new survey shows Albuquerque drivers should be celebrating. A financial website looked at the 100 biggest cities in the U.S., ranking them best to worst for everything from traffic and potholes, to the number of car washes and crashes.

Albuquerque did pretty well.

The answers may surprise some, but if you ask people how they feel about driving in Albuquerque, you’ll get a lot of positive responses.

“I drive on the interstate and on the secondary roads. I love to drive and it’s wonderful”, said Bernalillo Resident, Meg Cox.

“It’s actually been amazing. We’re here from out of town, Seattle, and traffic is obviously not fabulous up there,” said Visitor, Jerri Turner.

The financial website Wallethub agrees. They ranked 100 cities nationwide for the best and worst for drivers.  Albuquerque placed high at 18.

One of its best rankings was in average commute time. Drivers spoke to agree, saying traffic is never a big issue.

“We do have it good here. We have just two interstates running through, we don’t have a big loop or anything, but 5 o’clock traffic is the worst you have to watch out for. Other than that, I think we’re very spoiled,” said Albuquerque Resident, John.

“Living in Bernalillo, I think I can get anywhere, anywhere in a half an hour and even allowing for some slowdowns or something, it’s pretty nice”, said Cox.

Gas prices and plenty of easy parking also helped the Duke City’s rating. Many residents and visitors say drivers are nicer than in other cities.

John said, “I’ve driven in other cities and it’s everyone for themselves. Over here, you see a little more allowing to cut in, and you cut someone off and they’re not ready to jump out of their car.”

“I think people are generally very friendly. If you want to get in and get out on the bigger road they’ll just let you come out. You don’t always see that in Europe,” said Denmark Resident, Henrick Knopper.

Although this survey was mostly good news for Albuquerque, it received poor scores for its high rates of crashes and car thefts and its DWI problem.

The city also got a mediocre score for road conditions.

The worst cities for drivers include LA, San Francisco, Boston and DC and New York.

Albuquerque Rankings Overall

  • Gas prices: 14th
  • Car insurance premium: 38th
  • Parking rate: 14th
  • Hours of traffic delay: 20th
  • Days of precipitation: 23rd
  • Commute time: 19th
  • Quality of roads: 66th
  • Quality of bridges: 16th
  • Accident likelihood: 57th
  • Car thefts: 69th
  • Strictest/most lenient states on DUI ranking: 80th
  • States with highest and lowest insurance premium penalties for high risk: 76th
  • Driving laws rating: 57th
  • Auto repair shops per 100,000: 43rd
  • Car washes per 100,000: 43rd
  • Car dealerships per 100,000: 18th
  • Car clubs per 100,000: 19th
  • Annual international car shows per 100,000: 77th

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