Driving in Colorado isn’t cheap.
The state is the 17th most expensive in the United States to own a car, according to Bankrate.com, a financial publisher.
At $3,381 per year, the cost is $180 higher than the national average of $3,201 a year, which includes the cost of gasoline, insurance, repairs, taxes and fees.
The cost is considerably less than the most expensive state. In Georgia, drivers pay a hefty $4,233 per year.
The least expensive state to drive in?
It’s Oregon, at $2,204 a year, Bankrate says.
Driving up costs in Georgia are long commutes in the Atlanta area, coupled with a lack of public transportation.
Gasoline costs there are also above average, Bankrate says.
Insurance rates are high and drivers in Georgia are saddled with the highest state automobile taxes and fees in the country.
Oregon, on the other hand, has no state sales tax and insurance rates are “relatively low,” the report says.
And with the state’s public transportation, residents drive 16 percent fewer miles than the national average.
The highest expenses Colorado drivers face are fees and taxes of $1,335, above the national average of $1,058.
The cost of repairs, at $385, was also above the national average of $353.
Colorado was below the national average, however, in the cost of gasoline and insurance, although insurance costs are rising.
Gas costs $916 a year and insurance was pegged at $745.
There’s good news a the end of the highway, however.
AAA Colorado says that while costs continue to rise for drivers nationwide, the rate of increase is slowing.
“We’re still seeing increases, but we’re seeing them slowing down,” said Wave Dreher, AAA Colorado spokeswoman.
In 2010, driving costs were up 4.3 percent. In 2011, the increase was 3.4 percent, while in 2012, the increase slipped to 1.9 percent.
In 2013, the rate of increase remained at 1.9 percent.
“What we found is that the average cost nationally is 60.8 cents per mile for an average sedan,” Dreher said.
AAA’s 2013 study found that maintenance costs nationally were down 11.2 percent over 2012.
Fuel costs were down about 2 percent, insurance costs were up about 2.7 percent, depreciation costs were up .78 percent and tire costs remained the same.
“Insurance in general is going up in Colorado,” Dreher said.
The main difference between the two studies is that AAA includes depreciation, which runs nationally at about $3,571 a year.
AAA also does not include taxes and fees.
One of the best ways to come to grips with the rising cost of driving, Dreher said, is to keep your car in good condition.
“The best advice I can give any motorist is to do the maintenance,” she said. “Keep your car running well for better fuel mileage. It also cuts down on maintenance costs and things like that.”