Tennessee is home to two highways that have made the list of "most loathed" in the country, and if you've ever driven on either of them, you can understand why.

More Miles than I Can Count

Thanks to a heavy case of wanderlust, I love to travel and I have driven many miles around the country. Whether visiting Nashville, Gatlinburg, the Smoky Mountains, or just passing through to another destination, a lot of those have been through the state of Tennessee.

Most Loathed Highways

It's safe to say that I was not horribly shocked to see not one but two Tennessee highways find their way onto a "most loathed" list. In fact, having traveled both, I was not the least bit surprised.

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Top Three Are All in California

The folks at Gunther Volvo surveyed 3,000 drivers to rank the top 100 most loathed highways across the country. Perhaps not surprising to anyone, California is home to the top three. With the heavy populations near San Fransisco and Los Angeles, US 101 tops the list. Coming in at the number two position is I-5 which runs the length of the state north to south, including the stretch through downtown LA. The San Diego Freeway, also known as I-405, rounds out the top three and is known to be one of the most congested in the country.

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I-24 Near Nashville & Chattanooga

The first Tennessee highway to make the list of 100 "most loathed" comes in at #52. It is here that I-24 lands on the list. The report notes that this highway can be congested, in particular in the areas of Nashville and Chattanooga.

I-40 Near Nashville and Memphis

Farther down in the #88 position on the list, is where we find I-40. Again, the study mentions that this highway is known for traffic jams, in particular around Nashville, as well as Memphis.

Stay Alert

As someone who has driven both I-24 and I-40 through Tennessee, the best advice I can give you is to stay alert and be patient. In addition to other motorists, you also have to be on the lookout for wildlife and know that some of the curves are sharper than you might realize. Safe travels!

[Source: Gunther Volvo]

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