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Fast facts about driving in Mass.

Here’s how long we sit in traffic, how much we pay in tolls, how much we pay for insurance, and more.

Associated Press

76,657 — Total miles of streets, roads, and highways in Massachusetts as of 2015

5,625,048 — Registered vehicles in Massachusetts in 2017

53 — Hours the average Boston driver loses per year due to congestion

$3.4 billion — Estimated amount in wasted time and fuel lost to traffic congestion in Greater Boston in 2014

$1,191 — The average annual auto insurance premium in Massachusetts

$2.3 billion — Cost of repairs to cars due to poorly maintained streets in Massachusetts in 2013

$451 million — Approximate amount of tolls paid in Massachusetts in fiscal year 2016

1927 — Massachusetts becomes the first state to require proof of auto insurance when registering a vehicle.


3.2 — Billions of gallons of gas Massachusetts drivers used in 2013, or 621 gallons per registered vehicle

399 — Traffic-related fatalities in Massachusetts in 2016

31 — Percentage of fatal crashes in Massachusetts in 2015 where a driver had a blood alcohol level of at least .08

70 — Approximate percentage of Massachusetts residents of driving age who are licensed drivers


“In Boston, the drivers refuse to obey even the laws of physics. This is the only place in the United States where the Driver’s Manual actually shows you how to give people the finger. —Dave Barry’s Only Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need

Sources: MassDOT; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Texas A&M Transportation Institute; carinsurance.com; Federal Highway Administration; DMV.org; UMass Donahue Institute; tripnet.org; American Society of Civil Engineers; massRMV.com