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America's most driveable cities

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:42:43 AM

When getting around via a business travel car rental, it can be difficult to navigate the roads in unfamiliar cities. Numerous factors influence a driving experience, so it's important to prepare yourself for whatever obstacles you might face. When it comes to driveability, not all cities are created equal.

According to Bert Sperling's book "Cities Ranked & Rated," a driveable city usually allows for free-moving traffic, boasts low gas prices and offers smooth road surfaces. Some cities that allow for pleasant driving are Corpus Christi, Texas and the Florida cities of Fort Myers and Pensacola. Los Angeles scored least drivable because of its intense levels of traffic, while cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco offset their low driveability scores by offering excellent public transportation options.

Every business traveler knows that there's more to driving than just pleasant roads: Parking costs are a decisive issue in a city's drivability. According to Fox News, the cities with the most expensive parking rates are New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle. Fox News also reported that while parking costs remain a headache for many business professionals, there is light on the horizon: Parking rates across the nation dropped by 0.2 percent in 2011.

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