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New Jersey ranks 7th for worst pothole problems

NEW JERSEY – We all know the sound. That vicious clunk, clunk your car makes whenever it hits a pothole.

Potholes start forming in winter and early spring temperatures change frequently. First, snow and ice melt and seep into the pavement. Then, when the temperature drops again, the water refreezes and expands, cracking the road and opening up a pothole.

Even a seemingly small pothole can produce a surprisingly large amount of damage. According to AAA, U.S. drivers spend nearly $3 billion a year fixing damage caused by potholes.

According to QuoteWizard, New Jersey ranks 7th when it comes to the worst pothole problems.

To determine where potholes are most prevalent, QuoteWizard analyzed Google search statistics over the last year. The full report It includes rankings for all 50 states, most major cities (others available upon request) and answers to frequently asked questions about repairs and car coverage:

 Key Findings for New Jersey:

  • Ranks 7th for potholes
  • Drivers between 35 and 44 hit the most potholes
  • Nationally, the average pothole repair bill is $306
State Rank Search index average
Michigan 1 44
Indiana 2 41
Rhode Island 3 41
Washington 4 38
Vermont 5 32
Pennsylvania 6 31
New Jersey 7 30
Ohio 8 29
Tennessee 9 29
New York 10 28
Illinois 11 21
Methodology: QuoteWizard analyzed search data for pothole-related complaints and repairs for each state over the last year. The search index average is rounded and represents the number of queries in a particular state/location compared to other states.


Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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