The 1,000-mile road analysis was carried out by computer solutions provider Getac. Road conditions were rated according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) International Roughness Index.
Rhode Island ranks first for rough roads. It identified 45 miles of roughness per 1,000 people. This is more than 200% higher than the national average. In total, Rhode Island found 609 miles of roads in poor or very poor condition.
The study found that Connecticut and West Virginia ranked second and third for rough roads.
Connecticut has 41 miles of rough roads per 1,000 people, which is 183% higher than the national average.
West Virginia’s roads rank third with 37 miles of potholes per 1,000 roads, which is 156% higher than the national average. In total, West Virginia has 2,938 miles of roads in poor condition.
Mississippi ranks fourth. Data showed the state had 32.3 miles of rough roads per 1,000 people, 123% higher than the national average. Mississippi has 5,049 miles of roads in poor condition.
New Jersey comes in fifth with 31.9 miles of bad roads per 1,000 people, 120% more than the national average. That equates to 2,691 miles of bumps across the state.
Of the three types of roads in New Mexico, South Dakota and Arizona, rural, urban secondary highways and urban collector roads are the most difficult. Pennsylvania roads rank 10th for the roughest roads, with 25 miles of rough roads per 1,000 people.
This equates to approximately 6,381 miles of roads in poor condition statewide.
Of course, the roads in these states are not the easiest. However, by obtaining a CDL from accredited industry representatives, the truck drivers will gain extensive experience in owning a commercial vehicle without potentially challenging routes being an obstacle.