Another day, another report bashes Louisiana's roads, bridges, drivers _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Drivers sit in traffic on I10 east approaching the Highland Road exit during rush hour, Thursday, January 28, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La.

Driving conditions in Louisiana got panned Tuesday in a national survey — again.

The state has the third worst driving environment when road and bridge conditions, traffic fatalities, car insurance and other factors are calculated, according to a report by Carinsurance.com

Only Oklahoma at No. 49 and California at No. 50 finished behind Louisiana.

Utah and Minnesota finished No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The report was released one day after a separate study called Baton Rouge the second most dangerous city to drive in nationally, behind only Detroit.

Carinsurance.com has been offering motorists advice about car and truck coverage since 2003.

The latest review ranked states based on eighth factors, including the percentage of household income for vehicle insurance; the percentage of uninsured drivers; estimated repair costs; gasoline prices; and commuter delays.

Louisiana is second worst in the nation for how much motorists spend to insure their cars and trucks — 6.65 percent.

The average rate per year is $2,819, and the state’s median income is $42,406, according to the survey.

Only Michigan is worse.

The report said 62 percent of roads are rated poor/mediocre, and 29 percent of bridges are listed as structurally deficient.

Nearly 14 percent of drivers lack car or truck insurance, the report says.

By contrast, in top-rated Utah, just 25 percent of roads are considered poor or mediocre, 15 percent of bridges are structurally deficient and less than 6 percent of drivers lack car or truck insurance.

In addition, the report said motorists in the Baton Rouge area are struck in traffic nearly two days per year — 47 hours.

The rankings are based on federal traffic data and other sources.

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