SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Driving a car in Oakland or San Francisco appears to be a more daunting and expensive proposition than in virtually any major city in the U.S., according to a survey by personal finance website WalletHub.

The survey, titled 2020 Best & Worst Cities To Drive In, showed Oakland ranked dead last in a list of 100 largest cities; San Francisco ranked 98. San Jose was not too far ahead, ranked 89. The highest-ranked California city was Irvine at 59.

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The survey ranked the most driver-friendly cities by measuring four main factors: cost of ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, safety, and access to vehicles and maintenance.

Source: WalletHub

High gas prices were one of the major factors helping push the three Bay Area cities to the bottom of the list. Expensive auto maintenance costs in San Francisco – 96th most expensive out of 100 – contributed to SF’s lower ranking. Oakland was also ranked near the bottom in both highest accident likelihood and highest auto theft rate.

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The survey cited a recent study that says during the COVID-19 pandemic, fear of public transportation has led to more reliance on personal vehicles than usual. Due to the pandemic, 20 percent of people who don’t own a car are considering buying one.


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