Study reveals perks of being a driver in Albuquerque

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People in every city think they live in a terrible place for driving, but according to a study ranking everything from crashes and car thefts to roads, weather and traffic, Albuquerque isn’t as bad as drivers might think.

“It can be hectic but it can be great, just depends on the driver,” said Priscilla Jeremiah of Albuquerque.

Jeremiah says she doesn’t get behind the wheel often, but when she does, she’s aware of her surroundings.

“You just have to be very careful driving and just pay attention to the other driver,” Jeremiah said.

Still, Jeremiah wasn’t surprised to hear the financial website Wallet Hub ranked Albuquerque toward the bottom on the list of best and worst cities for driving.

Albuquerque landed at 76 out of 100, but there are bright spots.

“The traffic is not as bad,” said Arizona native Virginia Hardy.

Hardy says she has to navigate the Phoenix area sometimes and knows it’s far worse there than it is here.

According to the study, drivers hardly have a rough commute, finishing in the top 25 for that category. That’s not much consolation to Albuquerque natives.

“Well, driving in Albuquerque can be wonderful when there’s no traffic, but during the traffic it can be kind of hectic,” Jeremiah said.

However, the city ranks near the bottom though when it comes to car theft and deadly crashes.

“I don’t think it’s too safe,” said driver Jean Kimberly. “People drive too fast, they’re too careless.”

Local drivers also consider road rage a huge problem.

“Mostly flip you off or honk,” Hardy said.

These drivers hope others will share the road in a more friendly way.

“Well, slow down, watch out for pedestrians, people on a bicycle and motorcyclists,” Kimberly said. “Be more courteous and polite.”

Albuquerque ranked middle of the road for road conditions and ranked high for cheap gas prices and low parking rates. 

For a breakdown of Albuquerque’s ranking, click here.

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