List Ranks America's Best, Deadliest Roads

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Travelers hitting the road this summer may want to do their research first: Reader's Digest recently announced their list of the best, worst, and deadliest roads in America.

Kansas, Wisconsin, and Montana topped the list of states with the best roads in the country. The findings are based on bridge conditions, amount of congestion, and fatality rate data gathered from the Federal Highway Administration.

Aside from ranking among the best, Montana also topped the deadliest roads list, which is compiled by measuring fatalities per 100 million miles driven. The list cites drunk drivers, reckless drivers, and lack of seat belt use as factors that make a road deadly. Louisiana and South Carolina followed the "Treasure State," ranking second and third on the deadliest roads list.

The lists are further broken down, with Montana, South Carolina, and Louisiana taking the top three spots for the "Top 10 Deadliest for DUI" list, and Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina ranking high on the "Top 10 Deadliest for Speeding" list.

California's Interstate 15, spanning from Barstow to the Nevada state line, was ranked as one of the worst roads in the country.

"You've got a lot of cross-country drivers who don't know where they're going mixing in with truck drivers and commuters who are in a hurry. It literally took my friends 13 hours to make the five-hour drive from Vegas on this road," Ginger Chan, a traffic reporter at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles told Reader's Digest regarding the California Interstate.

Other treacherous stretches include Sunset Boulevard (between Hollywood and Beverly Hills), and almost every road in Pennsylvania.

Those looking to be easy riders should head to Kansas' I-70, ranked as America's best road. I-70 can thank flat, smooth roads, as well as breathtaking sunsets, for their lofty position.

Another path made more pleasurable by the scenery is I-40, which spans New Mexico and California.

"The sunsets out there are amazing," Matt Boose, a trucker from Kansas, told the publication. "Every color you could ever think of in the sky. It's not just the western sky lit up like in Kansas. It's the whole damn sky."
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