North Carolina is No. 5 in America's top states for driving

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North Carolina holds the No. 5 spot in this year's 'Best and Worst States to Drive in', despite the ever-increasing traffic around the Charlotte region, and the I-77 Toll Lane Project. 

Financial analyst website WalletHub.com ranked the Tar Heel state 2018’s 5th best state to drive in. 

"Road conditions naturally aren’t consistent across the entire country. To identify the states with the most positive driving experiences, WalletHub compared all 50 states across 23 key indicators of a positive commute. Our data set ranges from average gas prices to share of rush-hour traffic congestion to road quality," according to the site. 

North Carolina also ranked: 

  • 21st in Share of Rush-Hour Traffic Congestion
  • 13th in Car Theft Rate
  • 14th in Avg. Gas Prices
  • 13th in Road Quality

To read more about how NC's ranking was determined, you can read the full report here.