Georgia is by far the most expensive state in the nation to operate a motor vehicle when you figure in the cost of gasoline, insurance, taxes and other fees, according to a report issued today by the personal finance website Bankrate.com.
In Georgia, a typical driver spends $4,233 per year to operate his or her vehicle. That is almost double the cost in Oregon ($2,204). The national average is $3,201.
Georgians spend a lot of time in their cars thanks in part to Atlanta's sprawling communities and a lack of public transportation. Those long commutes lead to above-average gasoline costs and insurance rates. And Georgia has the highest state automobile taxes and fees in the nation.
Oregonians benefit from the absence of a state sales tax as well as relatively low car insurance costs. Plus, the typical Beaver State resident drives 16 percent fewer miles than the national average.