• fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 9/17/2012 10:32am PDT

    20,000 miles per year, on AVERAGE! holy cow. People have got to be spending a lot of time in their vehicle. That is crazy.

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 9/17/2012 11:59am PDT

    Keep in mind that Mississippi is pretty sparsely populated, and the state's high poverty rate has kept capital investment to a minimum. Because of those factors, residents have to drive a long way to reach the nearest bank, doctor, or grocery store, which may help explain the high annual mileage.

    That said, I grew up in Mississippi, and when I say that some people motor to the foot of the driveway to pick up their mail instead of walking 50 feet, I'm not exaggerating. Cars rule.

  • mortonglen avatar mortonglen Posted: 9/17/2012 1:05pm PDT

    WOW.......
    2 hours a day in traffic.......3 hours a day on the Train or Subway........that is crazy
    I guess it is all in perspective......the more rural and lass public transportation the more on your automobile.

  • overparalot avatar overparalot Posted: 9/17/2012 1:09pm PDT

    Maybe that explains all the uninsured drivers in Oklahoma that nobody wants to do anything about. I was rear ended by an unisured driver in December and my son was t-boned by one in June. Make sure you have full coverage if you drive in Oklahoma because the roads are full of uninsured idiots that think driving is right and not a priviledge.

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 9/17/2012 2:07pm PDT

    It's the same way in Louisiana -- in fact, it seems a little worse here, which may explain why we have the highest insurance rates in the nation. (Seriously, I had a friend who just moved down from Chicago and couldn't believe that his rates doubled when he switched his registration. I told him he got off easy because his car's so old.)

  • fb_601634786 avatar David Posted: 9/18/2012 6:34am PDT

    Plus it must be concidered that Mississippi has traditionally been one of the poorest states in the country.

  • hrdcoresymphoni avatar hrdcoresymphoni Posted: 9/25/2012 11:46pm PDT

    I would like to share views not yet shared as to why this state has such miserable driving conditions.

    1) The obvious and most discussed within this article: MILES DRIVEN DAILY ARE VAST AS THE POPULATION IS SPARSE even within highly populated areas.
    2) CAN YOU SAY.... POTHOLE?! The roads of Mississippi are far and few from being a 'strut into town' but rather 'a strut may be seen on the interstate while going into town' due to the poor condition of the roads from rural county roads to the roads within the heart of the Jackson area. With various rattling bumps and potholes galore. We curse the red clay that sits beneath the asphalt infrastructure as it adds to the demise.
    3)HEAT! A/C is essential & guzzles fuel yr round

    ~Your Truly from MS

  • Lowrad avatar Lowrad Posted: 10/20/2012 8:10am PDT

    I think the criterion of using annual mileage is way off base. I live in Massachusetts and last night at rush hour it took 1.5 hours to go 20 miles from the suburbs into Boston. That is low mileage misery. There couldn't be a speeding ticket because the average speed was so slow, the speed limits were just fine but rather pointless and I did not see any accidents, only volume.

  • texmotodad avatar texmotodad Posted: 6/18/2013 3:52pm PDT

    My parents still live in MS. Your annual license plate is $hundreds per year.
    In TX for our cars we pay around $65ea.