If you often drive around in New Jersey, you might already know that it's considered one of the trickiest places to drive in. But is it really the absolute worst? While you might think about heavy traffic in places like Los Angeles or the bumper-to-bumper jams in Chicago, it turns out that New Jersey is actually ranked as the worst state to drive in, according to MoneyGeek.com.

I think we all can agree that driving experiences can vary greatly depending on your location. So, how did they figure out the rankings?

Photo by Nabeel Syed on Unsplash
Photo by Nabeel Syed on Unsplash

MoneyGeek analyzed a large amount of data from various government agencies. They then determined the worst states based on five primary factors: traffic volume, driving costs, safety levels, road quality, and the influence of weather on driving conditions.

For us in New Jersey, it's no revelation that driving here comes with challenges. What's more unexpected is that it's actually ranked as the worst. The report highlights a few factors that contribute to this ranking:

  • Heavy traffic and congestion similar to Los Angeles
  • Less-than-ideal road conditions
  • High expenses for fuel and tolls
  • Concerns about safety

Our daily commutes are also among the longest in the country, averaging about 31 minutes. As for our roads, they didn't fare well either – they're ranked second-worst.

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humonia, Getty Images

Here's where we ranked in all of the five main categories:

StateWorst Cost RankingWorst Congestion RankingWorst Safety RankingWorst Infrastructure RankingWorst Weather Ranking
New Jersey12146241

Check out the rundown for the Top 5 Worst States for Driving:

  1. New Jersey
  2. California
  3. West Virginia
  4. Mississippi
  5. Maryland

And for all of us wondering which states nailed it for the Best Driving Experience:

  1. Nebraska
  2. North Dakota
  3. Minnesota
  4. Iowa
  5. Kansas

Taking a closer look at the rankings in each of the five key areas of focus:

Most Expensive Driving: California tops the list as the priciest, while Nebraska is the most budget-friendly.

Congestion Woes: New Jersey takes the crown for the most traffic-packed roads, while North Dakota enjoys the least congestion.

Safety Concerns: Mississippi raises concerns as the riskiest state for driving, with New York being the safest bet.

Infrastructure Struggles: Georgia faces infrastructure challenges, landing in the worst spot, whereas Rhode Island showcases the best.

Weather Warriors: New Hampshire battles through tough weather, earning the toughest spot, while Wyoming cruises as the best for weather conditions.

To access the complete report, please visit the following link: Driving Ranks

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