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Idaho Rates Best for Drivers; Louisiana the Worst

Want to drive on the cheap? Consider moving to someplace with wide-open spaces.

by on Aug.31, 2015

Tired of spending so much to keep your car running, gassed up and insured? If you’re looking to cut costs, you might consider moving to a place with wide-open spaces, according to a new study that ranks the best and worst states for drivers.

The new study also considers other factors like commute times, vehicle thefts and fatal crashes. All things considered, Idaho tops the chart according to research by financial website Bankrate.com, while Louisiana lands at the bottom of the list. With only a few exceptions, drivers will find life easier – and less expensive — in rural regions of the country, the study reveals.

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“Population density has a big effect on these rankings,” explained Chris Kahn, Bankrate.com’s research and statistics analyst.  “The best states for drivers have lots of wide-open spaces, whereas the worst states tend to be filled with people and cars – a bad combination for drivers’ wallets.”

The top five states in the study are, in order:

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