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Study: Driving in the Garden State is the (4th) worst

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New Jersey ranks fourth for the worst states in the U.S. for drivers.
New Jersey ranks fourth for the worst states in the U.S. for drivers. - ()

Odds are your commute to work this morning involved a lot of sitting, occasionally interrupted by movement, and not the other way around.

If it’s satisfaction you seek, you may find some justification in knowing that New Jersey has been ranked the fourth-worst state for drivers, according to the 2018 Bankrate Best State for Drivers study.

Taking into consideration traffic fatalities, gas prices, time commuting and road conditions, New Jersey scored an 8.8 safety score, 6.15 cost score and 1.8 driving quality score.

For comparison, No. 1 ranked North Dakota boasted respective scores of 5.1, 17.1 and 19.

The study used seven points of data to come up with this year’s rankings, evaluating measures pertaining to cost (weighted at 45 percent), safety (20 percent) and driving quality (35 percent) from most recently available data for each state culled from industry groups, government sources and research organizations.

According to figures cited in the study from transportation research nonprofit TRIP, 44 percent of roads in New Jersey are in poor condition, twice the nationwide total.

Bankrate is an independent publisher and financial comparison service.

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Jessica Perry

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Jessica is the Web Editor for NJBIZ. You can reach her at jperry@njbiz.com.

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