The Worst Cities for Drivers: See How Your Town Compares

Our writers have griped about driving in their cities. Now it’s your turn to weigh in. Which city takes the cake? Or is your hometown even worse?

Worst Cities for Drivers

Traffic’s a bummer no matter where you live, but our writers all think their respective towns are the worst cities for drivers. The question is: Which really is the worst? Check out their arguments for San Francisco, Los Angeles, DC, and New York, and see how they compare to your hometown.

Worst Cities for Drivers: San Francisco

Hills, traffic, fog … and cyclists. Skip the car and take the ample public transportation.

Worst Cities for Drivers: Los Angeles

Traffic, lack of parking, and did we mention traffic? The City of Angels isn’t always so angelic.

Worst Cities for Drivers: Washington, DC

Nineteenth-century roads with twenty-first-century traffic. Watch out for that tourist on a Segway!

Worst Cities for Drivers: New York City

A city where no one is meant to drive, but way too many people do anyway. At least it gives New Yorkers something to complain about.

Do you live in one of these cities? What’s your experience driving there? Leave a comment about it! (And feel free to gloat or gripe about driving in your hometown.)

2 Responses to “The Worst Cities for Drivers: See How Your Town Compares”

  1. Avatar for Jessica Guerin
    Betsy Stewart
    February 11, 2013 #

    I travel all over the country on business 10 months out of the year. I am from Northern California and transplanted to Texas 2 years ago. I do not have problems with drivers in LA or San Fran… BUT the worst cities I have driven in are Miami, Florida and Albuquerque, New Mexico. There is a small city in Texas, Brownsville that takes the cake as the worst drivers

  2. Avatar for Jessica Guerin
    Steve Houston
    February 19, 2013 #

    I've driven all over the country and would probably break it down this way – the worst drivers are in the major metropolitan areas, and the more dense the area's population, the worse drivers tend to behave.

    I live in San Antonio, and on the quiet rural farm-to-market roads you can still occasionally get a friendly wave from an oncoming vehicle's driver. Venture into downtown SA during rush hour, though, and any wave you get there usually devolves into the single-digit version.

    Just one more reason to keep your eyes on the road ahead of you.

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