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Why Utah isn't one of the worst places to drive

Vehicles travel on Legacy Parkway in Farmington on Monday, March 6, 2017.
Vehicles travel on Legacy Parkway in Farmington on Monday, March 6, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Forget what you know about Utah’s bad driving habits.

A recent survey from WalletHub did not list Salt Lake City, Provo or any other Utah city on its rankings of best and worst cities to drive in.

Instead, San Francisco led the way with the worst drivers, followed by drivers from Oakland, California; Detroit; Washington, D.C., and Seattle.

Source: WalletHubBoston and New York were listed outside the bottom five, ranking sixth and 22, respectively.

Salt Lake City, Provo, Ogden and other Utah cities were not ranked on the list, which compared the country’s 100 largest cities on 25 different driver metrics, including annual hours of traffic delays and auto repair shops.

One main reason for Salt Lake City’s absence — it does not fall within the 100 largest cities in the country, according to recent data.

Typically, Utah appears on bad driver lists. A study at the end of this past June from QuoteQizard, which helps customers find car insurance quotes, ranked Salt Lake City as the second worst city for driving, ranking behind Sacramento, California.

That same study ranked Utah as the worst overall state for driving the year before.

But in April 2017, a study from Zendrive found Utah had the eighth least-distracted drivers, though, according to the Deseret News.

Drivers in California, Nevada, Montana, Hawaii and Idaho ranked ahead of Utah.

Utah’s distraction was also lower than both Wyoming and Colorado, two neighboring states, the Deseret News reported.

That study measured drivers based on how often they looked at their phones while behind the wheel.