NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Louisiana is the worst state for drivers, according to a new study.
A study by Bankrate.com ranked all 50 states according to several factors such as fatal crashes, car thefts, average commute times, gasoline spending, repair costs and insurance premiums.
Louisiana placed last on the list in large part because of the nation's highest car insurance costs and an above-average fatal crash rate, according to the study. California, Texas, Maryland and New Jersey comprise the rest of the bottom five.
Idaho topped the list due to its low gas and insurance expenses, below-average thefts and short commute times. Vermont, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Minnesota rounded out the five best states for drivers.
"Population density has a big effect on these rankings," explained Chris Kahn, Bankrate.com's research and statistics analyst. "The best states for drivers have lots of wide-open spaces, whereas the worst states tend to be filled with people and cars – a bad combination for drivers' wallets."