Is New Jersey really one of the most dangerous states for drivers? According to a New Jersey 101.5 report, the Garden State ranked as the 8th-worst state for drivers in a Bankrate.com survey conducted recently.
What Makes New Jersey One of the Most Dangerous States for Drivers?
Bankrate considered several factors when coming up with its rankings, including:
- Average commute time
- Incidents of sticker shock at car dealerships
- Average cost of vehicle repairs
- Auto insurance rates
Per the New Jersey 101.5 story, New Jersey ranks poorly in a couple of the above factors. At 31 minutes, the average commute time in New Jersey is almost twice what it is in the states that have the shortest commute times. In addition, New Jersey has the highest auto insurance rates in the US, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
In some cases, higher car insurance rates can stem from an increased number of auto accidents taking place. Commute times can also be longer because of car wrecks. Following an auto crash, traffic can often become backed up. This can be due to several factors, including the vehicles involved not being able to be driven off the road, emergency workers needing time to help injury victims and law enforcement investigating the accident scene before reopening the lane to traffic.
Hopefully, this low ranking will be a wakeup call to lawmakers to implement changes to improve traffic safety in New Jersey.
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