For many across the country, driving is a necessity in order tocomplete their day-to-day functions.

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Their car takes them to work, to get the groceries, pick uptheir kids and so on.

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With so many people dependent on their cars, it's only naturalthat drivers experience traffic from time to time.

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But traffic can vary from state to state. So which state has theworst traffic level?

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Related: 10 U.S. cities with spookiest and most stressfulcommutes

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A recent article by Wallethub examined the worststates to drive in this year. To compare all 50 states evenly,Wallethub used four dimensions in their evaluation: cost ofownership and maintenance; traffic and infrastructure; safety; andaccess to vehicles and maintenance. They evaluated those dimensionsusing 23 relevant metrics; each was graded on a 100-point scale,with a score of 100 representing the best for drivers.

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Related: Here are the safest vehicles on the road for2018

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Whether you're an insured or an insurer, traffic can factor intothe insurance equation in a number of ways. Heavy levels of trafficcan lead to aggressive driving and accidents. Even low to moderatelevels of traffic factor into a car's life longevity anddeterioration of roadways, among other aspects.

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With this in mind, which states should you avoid at all costs in2018?

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10. New York

Total score: 49.99

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Safety rank: 1

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Related: Commercial auto insurance market update: Rough roadto profitability

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9. New Jersey

Total score: 49.56

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Safety rank: 6

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Related: Oh deer! What drivers should know about animalcollisions

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8. Rhode Island

Total score: 49.49

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Safety rank: 2

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Related: 10 states with the worst roads in theU.S.

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7. Massachusetts

Total score: 49.19

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Safety rank: 4

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Related: Top 5 states for car insurancesavings

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6. Alaska

Total score: 48.69

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Safety rank: 17

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Related: 10 best and worst states for teendrivers

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5. Connecticut

Total score: 48.67

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Safety rank: 3

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Related: Are we safe drivers? Apparently not…

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4. California

Total score: 48.60

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Safety rank: 18

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Related: 11 ways cars will be smarter in 2018

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3. Maryland

Total score: 48.31

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Safety rank: 16

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Related: Fighting auto insurance fraud

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2. Washington

Total score: 44.08

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Safety rank: 36

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Related: Storefront crashes: Vehicle intrusion risksincrease

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1. Hawaii

Total score: 31.83

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Safety rank: 34

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Related: America's roadways need to bedigitalized

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