These Are America’s 20 Worst Cities to Drive In

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You can spend weeks planning a road trip, but there's not much you can do to prepare for the little inconveniences that make driving a pain. One thing you can do, however, is avoid cities that are notoriously inhospitable to drivers. The list below compiled by WalletHub shows which metro areas have earned that distinction in 2020.

For their report on the worst cities for drivers in 2020, the personal finance website compared 100 of the biggest cities in the country across 31 different metrics. The criteria they looked at included average gas prices, annual hours spent in traffic per commuter, and auto-repair shops per capita.

Oakland, California, ranked top on the list of worst, largely thanks to the high cost of car ownership and maintenance rates in the Bay Area. It was followed by Philadelphia, which has some of the worst traffic and driving infrastructure of any U.S. city. San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City rounded out the bottom five. You can see the full list of 20 cities below.

Places with abundant resources for motorists don't always boast the most skilled drivers. If you want your next road trip to go smoothly, whom you share the road with matters. The states with the worst drivers in America may be worth avoiding if possible.

  1. Oakland CA
  1. Philadelphia, PA
  1. San Francisco, CA
  1. Detroit, MI
  1. New York, NY
  1. Los Angeles, CA
  1. Chicago, IL
  1. San Bernardino, CA
  1. Newark, NJ
  1. Seattle WA,
  1. San Jose, CA
  1. Honolulu, HI
  1. Baltimore, MD
  1. Washington, D.C.
  1. Sacramento, CA
  1. North Las Vegas, NV
  1. Boston, MA
  1. San Diego, CA
  1. Long Beach, CA
  1. New Orleans, LA

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This All-in-One Storage Solution Can Be Used at Home or Carried on the Go

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Whether you're looking for a durable storage solution for your garage or a roomy pack for a long camping trip, the collapsible RUX carrier can help keep your stuff safe and secure without taking up much room in your closet when you're done. And until December 10, you can support the project on Indiegogo.

The main idea of the RUX is to serve multiple purposes at once. You can carry it around like a backpack or duffle bag during a weekend trip outdoors, or you can use it as a stationary storage bin for your car or home. Despite being strong enough to hold your bulkiest gear, it only weighs around four pounds and is designed to be collapsible, so you can fold it up and slip it away afterwards. (Unfolded, the RUX comes in at 15.7 by 19.5 by 13.8 inches.)

And if you're looking to use it during more serious outdoor adventures, you can rest assured that its weatherproof construction will keep your stuff dry in the rain. There's even a window that allows you to double-check that your items are safe and sound.

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The RUX was created with sustainability and longevity in mind. Not only does the RUX have a lifetime warranty, but each component can also come off and be replaced easily so you can continue using the product no matter the problem. RUX is a member of 1% For The Planet, which is a group that gives back 1 percent of sales to environmental causes, even if they are not profitable.

There is still time to back the RUX campaign and reap the rewards. If you back $196, you’ll get your first RUX along with it. However, if you back $265, you’ll get one RUX, two divider totes, an EDC pouch, and two utility straps. If you back $449, you’ll get all the same things from the second level along with an extra RUX. If you want to back $515 or $725, you’ll get double or triple everything, respectively, from the second level.

The RUX campaign ends on December 10, so there is still time to back this product through Indiegogo. Shipments of RUX will hopefully start by June 2021.

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