One of the common complaints of transplants is that people in their new home don’t know how to drive. More often than not, these complaints stem from the simple fact that people just drive differently in different areas, not necessarily better or worse. Driving habits and behaviors vary widely from one geographical area to another due to differences in weather, road conditions, and social norms. While everyone tries to claim that drivers in their area are the best, a new study by financial services site WalletHub has ranked the fifty United States from worst to best for drivers, ranking Texas as the best U.S. state for driving overall. Does WalletHub have their facts straight?

The study ranked Texas first based on four different categories: vehicle ownership and maintenance costs, traffic and the quality of infrastructure, safety data, and “access to vehicles and maintenance.” Within these categories were smaller data sets which compared variables such as car dealerships per capita, gas prices, the number of days with precipitation, and traffic fatality rates per capita. Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and North Carolina rounded out the top five.

Among the worst states were California, Connecticut, Washington, Maryland, and Hawaii. Hawaii ranked lowest overall due to having the most days with precipitation, some of the highest average gas prices and maintenance costs, and the fewest car washes and fewest auto repair shops per capita. While California had the fewest average days of precipitation, its high fuel prices and car theft rate brought its overall ranking down.

While WalletHub’s study is an interesting piece of statistics, it seems to base its entire ranking on financial data rather than driving experience. Of course, WalletHub is a financial website, and quantitative data is much easier to draw conclusions from than qualitative data about driving habits. For those of you who live in Texas, do you think the study got it right, or is there more to the picture than gas and maintenance costs?

The full rankings according to WalletHub are as follows:

  1. Texas
  2. Kansas
  3. Nebraska
  4. Iowa
  5. North Carolina
  6. Oregon
  7. Georgia
  8. Alabama
  9. Arkansas
  10. Illinois
  11. Minnesota
  12. Idaho
  13. Virginia
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Indiana
  16. Arizona
  17. Kentucky
  18. Tennessee
  19. Florida
  20. South Dakota
  21. North Dakota
  22. Ohio
  23. Montana
  24. Wisconsin
  25. West Virginia
  26. Utah
  27. Louisiana
  28. Missouri
  29. Mississippi
  30. South Carolina
  31. Wyoming
  32. Colorado
  33. New Mexico
  34. Pennsylvania
  35. Maine
  36. Nevada
  37. New Hampshire
  38. Vermont
  39. Delaware
  40. Michigan
  41. New York
  42. New Jersey
  43. Rhode Island
  44. Massachusetts
  45. Alaska
  46. Connecticut
  47. California
  48. Maryland
  49. Washington
  50. Hawaii