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Starting with the worst city in the US to drive in and why that is according to NerdWallet.

New York, New York – No surprise here. NY is the country’s most populated city. Drivers in the Big Apple face 59 hours of delay each year and pay $500 above the national average for car insurance. This explains why NYC has such a strong public transit culture.

Detroit, Michigan
– This one surprises me because so many people have fled the city to the safety of the suburbs. Motor City makes a lot of cars but there is nowhere to park them. In fact, among this top 10 list, Detroit has the lowest parking availability. Add to that the crime rate and auto thefts, Detroit residents pay on average $4,924.99 for car insurance.

Seattle, Washington
– I was shocked that beautiful Seattle is in the top 10. But the notoriously rainy weather creates dangerous and slick driving conditions (Seattle had 150 rain days in 2012 which is 40 more days than the national average. Send us some!). The good people of Seattle face 48 hours of traffic delays per year, 46% higher than the national average.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
– I’ve never been to Philly but learned that they had 113 days of rain in 2012. Their drivers are 61.2% more likely to get into an accident than in other major cities. Add to that how laid back the normal Philadelphian is………(they threw snowballs at Santa Clause at an Eagles game).

San Francisco, California
– Hey, we finally made the list! People driving in SF spend 61 hours in traffic delays each year. During peak hours, nearly 53% of the population is on the road. Plus, there is a high rate of auto thefts (ranked #4 in the nation in 2013). But on the bright side, it’s a beautiful town with an extremely nice ball park.

Chicago, Illinois
– My home town made it! I can attest that Chicago has it all. They have treacherous weather (rain, hail, snow, wind, and black ice), congested roadways where drivers spend an average of 51 hours of delays per year, and parking your car is a real challenge in the city. And if you travel to Chicago, they don’t have freeways. They are called expressways!

Miami, Florida
– It’s beautiful and warm albeit humid but Miami drivers spend an average of 47 hours a year in slow traffic. Also, car insurance is not cheap. Car owners pay and average of $1,750.10 per year for car insurance, about 59% more than the average US driver.

Los Angeles, California
– Is anybody surprised by this? Maybe you’re surprised that LA is not #1. The good people in LA spend 61 hours per year in traffic delays. And the gas prices are high. And the Lakers stink. Should I go on?

Washington D.C.
– The winner of the most congested roads award, people sit in traffic an average of 67 hours each year. Tourists are a big part of the problem but the confusing circles and one-way streets add to it as well. Not to mention the occasional street closures due to motorcades.

Boston, Massachusetts
– Bostonians spend an average of 53 hours of traffic delays on congested roadways. They have the highest likelihood of being involved in an accident among the 50 states and parking in the city is extremely limited. Maybe that’s why so many people like to run. But it is a great city to visit nonetheless. And it is only #10 on the 10 worst cities for drivers in 2015.
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