If you live in San Francisco, then be prepared to shell out $1000 a year in car repairs! This is the finding of a new report into the state of the nation’s roads.
The average cost to motorists through poor roads is $523, so drivers in San Francisco are being left particularly out of pocket by driving in our area.
On the whole, one third of roads in urban areas in the USA are judged to be poor or substandard. But in the San Francisco area the number of roads deemed to be failing or poor is 71%.
The state of California paid out over a million dollars to motorists in the Bay Area, in the period from 2009 to 2012, in compensation for cars that had been damaged by the poor state of the roads.
Overall, the driving experience in the state is judged to be the sixth worst in the country – and a lot of that is down to the state of the maintenance of the roads, as well as other factors such as the traffic.
The traffic, on its own, has been rated the fourth worst in the world for the metropolitan area and the third worst in the whole of the United States, which is something to think on the next time you are stuck in a jam!
The only places deemed to be worse are Los Angeles, Moscow and New York, for traffic!
The findings of a study into traffic and congestion found that the average motorist in the Bay Area spent 83 hours in traffic, in 2016.
This was up significantly on the 2015 figure of 75 hours.
How does this compare nationwide?
Well the poor drivers in LA rack up a stomping 104 hours not moving behind the wheel, so it could always be worse. Then Muscovites were stuck for an epic 91 hours – probably in weather much worse than we usually see here.
There is also anecdotal evidence that factors such as the traffic, as well as high rents, combine to make the Bay Area less attractive to workers wanting to commute and in turn, they are abandoning the area for other places.
But if you think the Bay Area is bad, then be grateful that you don’t live in Oklahoma – the city costs their motorists on average of $1025 a year in repairs!
WHAT DO DRIVERS WANT FROM THEIR ROADS?
With their help, we have compiled a list of some of the things that drivers have said they want from the roads in our area, and their feelings about roads in general!
- Easy roads to drive on
- No cracks, potholes or defects
- Clear road markings
- To be easy to report problems on the roads
- 69% of drivers are happy with maintenance work being done
- Safety is a top priority for road users
- 84% drivers and 73% commercial drivers want roads to be maintained at off peak times
- 86% of drivers and 78% commercial truckers prioritize maintaining current roads over building new ones
- Asphalt is the favorite road surfacing over concrete, preferred by most drivers
- 74% drivers said icy roads were their biggest hazard
- 49% of surveyed drivers were concerned about drivers under the influence of drink or drugs
- 20% of survey takers said they would not drive on snow for more than half an hour
- 75% of respondents to a poll thought the government should do more to improve road conditions in the winter
- Half of respondents to a poll thought winter driving skills should be taught to learner drivers.