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Car Thefts Hurt ABQ’s Score In “Best City To Drive In” List

Car Thefts Hurt ABQ’s Score In “Best City To Drive In” List

Albuquerque Ranks 68 Out Of 100 Cities Surveyed

To determine the most driver-friendly places in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest cities across four key dimensions: Cost of Ownership and Maintenance, Traffic and Infrastructure, Safety and Access to Vehicles and Maintenance. The data set ranges from average gas prices to average annual hours of traffic delays to auto-repair shops per capita.

Albuquerque ranked 68 out of 100 cities surveyed in WalletHub’s list of 2017’s Best and Worst Places To Drive In. The score could have been much better if the city wasn’t currently plagued with car thefts.

Albuquerque received a score of 91 in the category of safety because it had the fifth highest rate of car thefts. Gilbert, Arizona, had the fewest car thefts, 0.55, which is 27.7 times fewer than in Oakland, California, the city with the most at 15.23.

Albuquerque received a score of 29 in the category of “Cost of Ownership and Maintenance”, which examined the cost of a new car, average gas prices, average annual insurance premiums and auto maintenance costs. Tulsa, Oklahoma, had the lowest average gas price, $1.85 per gallon, which is 1.7 times lower than in San Francisco, the city with the highest at $3.20 per gallon.

The score of 47 in “Access to Vehicles and Maintenance” was determined by the amount of car dealerships, auto-repair shops, car washes and gas stations. Las Vegas had the most auto-repair shops, 1.41, which is 8.8 times more than in Boston, the city with the fewest at 0.16.

The city’s score of 42 in “Traffic and Infrastructure” was likely due to ABQ’s lack of precipitation and number of cold days. Other metrics were the number of hours spent in congestion and the quality of roads. Greensboro, North Carolina, residents spend the fewest annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter, 4.2, which is 24.8 times fewer than in Los Angeles, where residents spend the most at 104.1.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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