(KUTV) -- It's no secret that Utahns have a reputation for being some of the worst drivers in the country.
Despite this conception, Utah is actually a pretty safe state to drive in, a new study by bankrate.com shows.
The Beehive state ranked 18th on the Best States for Drivers list.
Utah earned this modest ranking due to a combination of fairly low driving costs, good driving quality and moderately safe driving conditions, a press release stated.
California was ranked as the worst state for drivers, and North Dakota was named the best because of its low car repair costs, low auto insurance premiums and high safety scores.
California ranked poorly because of its high percentage of poor road conditions, long commute times and high rates of theft and fatal crashes.
“Most of us are still getting behind the wheel every day, but what driving costs in both time and money varies widely depending on where we live,” Adrian Garcia, data analyst for Bankrate.com, said in a press release. "In areas where commute times are long and car ownership costs are high, it may make more sense to skip the luxury of your own vehicle and opt for public transportation, a carpool or a bike ride to work."
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