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Traffic can make you late, is bad for your wallet and can even bring out the worst in drivers. Experts have now weighed in, and as it turns out, Tennessee's traffic is among the best in the nation.

WalletHub's study ranked Tennessee at No. 12 in the U.S., one being the best and 50 being the worst.

Tennessee ranked No. 5 for the cost of ownership and maintenance; No. 22 for traffic infrastructure; No. 37 for safety; and No. 19 for vehicles and maintenance.

To identify the states with the most positive driving experiences — and because road conditions vary across the nation — WalletHub compared all 50 states across 30 key indicators of a positive commute.

The data set ranges from road quality to average gas prices to share of rush-hour traffic congestion. To see the list, a full description of the methodology, and to read additional commentary from a panel of experts, find the study here.

The best and worst

Wallethub's report says the five best states for driving are Oregon, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Texas. North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Nebraska, Ohio and Kansas also come out ahead of Tennessee.

The five worst? The would be Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, California and New Hampshire.

See how Tennessee compares to other state in the interactive map below courtesy of WalletHub.

Source: WalletHub

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