The Cost of Driving in Philadelphia: Wasted Money and Time


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Philadelphia, PA is a city where drivers are losing money due to traffic. According to a new study by WalletHub, Philadelphia has been ranked as the 6th worst city to drive in 2023. The study compared 100 of the most populous cities in the country based on 4 key metrics: cost of ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, safety, and vehicle access and maintenance.

Philadelphia earned an overall score of 41.29 out of 100. The city has one of the highest annual hours of congestion per car commuter and the highest parking rates in the country. In addition to WalletHub’s study, the annual Global Traffic Scorecard report from Inrix found that delays in the busiest areas of the US and congestion throughout the metro increased in 2023 from the previous year.

The worst cities for traffic in the US include Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Miami. Collectively, drivers in the US spent 4.8 billion hours in congestion in 2023, costing the country more than $81 billion. A typical American driver wasted 51 hours in cities with the worst traffic, costing them an average of $869 in lost time. In Philadelphia, a driver lost $1,925 in 2023 due to traffic.

In addition to being the worst in the US in terms of traffic, Chicago ranked second in the world, behind London. The 10 worst cities to drive in 2023, according to WalletHub, include Oakland, San Francisco, Detroit, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Seattle, and Stockton.

To save money and fuel while driving, it’s important to plan your trip well, check your tire pressure, clean and leave the essentials in the trunk, start and stop your car properly, maintain uniform speed, avoid keeping the engine idle, use air conditioning or open windows wisely, take advantage of descents, and be mindful of gasoline prices rising in winter. By following these tips, drivers can save money and fuel while navigating through traffic.

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