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California drivers said to have it worse than motorists in other 49 states

When it comes to states that are tough on drivers, California excels, according to one publication. The ratings for all 50 states by Bankrate.com show the Golden State as being the worst for drivers, based on a specific set of criteria, including: average commute times, average annual auto insurance costs, estimated average annual spending on fuel, average cost of a car repair, rate of car thefts per 100,000 people and motor vehicle deaths per 100 miles driven. Here are the 10 states that rated the worst in the study. ***** No. 50 – California: average commute time 28.9 minutes; average annual insurance cost $895; annual fuel cost $1,260; car repair cost $435, stolen cars 436.8, vehicle deaths 0.9.
When it comes to states that are tough on drivers, California excels, according to one publication. The ratings for all 50 states by Bankrate.com show the Golden State as being the worst for drivers, based on a specific set of criteria, including: average commute times, average annual auto insurance costs, estimated average annual spending on fuel, average cost of a car repair, rate of car thefts per 100,000 people and motor vehicle deaths per 100 miles driven. Here are the 10 states that rated the worst in the study. ***** No. 50 – California: average commute time 28.9 minutes; average annual insurance cost $895; annual fuel cost $1,260; car repair cost $435, stolen cars 436.8, vehicle deaths 0.9. rpench@sacbee.com

Who has it worse than California motorists? No one, according to a new study released by Bankrate.com.

The New York-based consumer financial services company evaluated such factors as commute time, annual insurance premiums, gas expenses, cost of car repairs, car thefts and auto fatalities.

For each state, Bankrate assigned a score of zero to 10 on each of the criteria, then added them up to create an overall score, with 60 the maximum. California’s score was 21; Iowa’s was 48.

The state Office of Traffic Safety has launched a campaign to make drivers think more about the vulnerability of pedestrians.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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