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QuoteWizard ranks New Jersey drivers as 8th worst in the nation

NEW JERSEY – If you get frustrated driving in New Jersey, you aren’t alone.

A new report by QuoteWizard found New Jersey ranks in the top 10 for having the worst drivers in the nation.

QuoteWizard analyzed over 2 million insurance quotes to find out which states have the worst drivers in America and which have the best. Drivers were evaluated on four factors to determine overall driving quality.

Those factors include:

  • Accidents
  • Speeding tickets
  • DUIs
  • Citations

States that are considered the worst had the highest numbers of driving incidents, while states with the lowest numbers of incidents are considered the best.

TOP 25 WORST DRIVING STATE
Worst Driving Rank State
1 Iowa
2 North Dakota
3 Virginia
4 California
5 Alaska
6 Utah
7 Idaho
8 New Jersey
9 Tennessee
10 Wisconsin
11 Nebraska

TOP 25 BEST DRIVING STATE
Best Driving Rank State
1 New Hampshire
2 West Virginia
3 Oklahoma
4 Kentucky
5 Illinois
6 Delaware
7 Louisiana
8 Michigan
9 Arizona
10 Connecticut

The best and worst cities by category (Red=Worst Blue=Best)

Accidents

Drivers in these states may not be the worst drivers overall, but they do get in the most accidents. Tennessee takes the top spot, as drivers in this state got in more accidents than any other state. Michigan had the lowest number of accidents.

Image of #1 state Tennessee ranking worst for accidentImage of #2 state Massachusetts ranking worst for accidentsImage of #3 state Rhode Island ranking worst for accidents
Image of #1 state Michigan ranking best for accidentsImage of #2 state West Virginia ranking best for accidentsImage of #3 state Oklahoma ranking best for accidents

Speeding Tickets

Not only do drivers in these states speed the most, but they also get caught doing it. Hawaii had the highest number of speeders overall. New Mexico drivers got the fewest speeding tickets.

Image of #1 state Hawaii ranking worst for speeding ticketsImage of #2 state Wisconsin ranking worst for speeding ticketsImage of #3 state New Jersey ranking worst for speeding tickets
Image of #1 state New Mexico ranking best for speeding ticketsImage of #2 state Mississippi ranking best for speeding ticketsImage of #3 state Oklahoma ranking best for speeding tickets

DUIs

Drivers in these states got the most DUIs. Colder northern states seem particularly prone to DUIs, as three of the top five states are in the northern midwest. New York had the fewest DUIs.

Image of #1 state Wyoming ranking worst for duiImage of #2 state Tennessee ranking worst for duiImage of #3 state North Dakota ranking worst for dui
Image of #1 state New York ranking best for duiImage of #2 state Hawaii ranking best for duiImage of #3 state Oklahoma ranking best for dui

Citations

The most common citations we see are for things like texting while driving, not wearing a seat belt and failure to signal. But while these citations may seem relatively minor, they are bad driving habits that can lead to bigger problems. Tennessee had the lowest number of citations.

Image of #1 state North Dakota ranking worst for citationsImage of #2 state Iowa ranking worst for citationsImage of #3 state Oregon ranking worst for citations
Image of #1 state Tennessee ranking best for citationsImage of #2 state New Hampshire ranking best for citationsImage of #3 state Kentucky ranking best for citations

The QuoteWizard research team evaluated driver quality from all 50 states. We analyzed 2021 data from millions of insurance quotes from drivers in each state using QuoteWizard.com. We used a composite ranking system to rank each city for their rate of incidents. Incidents include accidents, speeding tickets, DUIs and citations. Cities considered the worst drivers had the highest rates of incidents among drivers.

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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