New York City ranks as the 87th worst city for driving out of 100 cities worldwide, while El Paso, Texas, is the best, according to a new study from Mister Auto.
The 2010 Driving Cities Index explores numerous factors that determine a city's driving conditions, ranging from infrastructure and congestion, to associated driving costs and road rage.
Only 15 U.S. cities are included in the global index. El Paso ranks best among them — and 5th on the global driver-friendliness scale — due to low congestion, high road quality and excellent petrol affordability.
Others that ranked among the top five U.S. cities and fared relatively well on the global list include Detroit, which took the 20th spot on the global list followed by San Antonio, Texas (ranked 31st globally), Orlando, Fla. (35th), and Philadelphia (38th).
At the other end of the spectrum, New York ranks worst for motorists among the 15 U.S. cities that made the list. This is due to factors like heavy congestion, high costs for parking, and higher than average incidents of road rage.
Others that score low for driver friendliness include Los Angeles, which took the 78th spot on the global 100 list, followed by Chicago (ranked 73rd globally), Miami (62nd), and San Diego, Calif. (60th).
When it comes to safety, the study explores factors like road rage as well as crash fatality rates.
Among the 15 U.S. cities ranked, Miami drivers experience the most road rage, whereas Seattle has the least.
The five U.S. cities on the list with the highest fatality rates per 100,000 inhabitants include Orlando with 23.4, followed by Las Vegas (17.3), Miami (17). San Antonio (16), Austin, Texas (15.2), and Philadelphia (13.9).