Study Compares NJ Drivers to Other States — and it Isn’t Good
For all those times you come home from work, steaming over some other motorist's idiotic move on the Parkway and venting about folks who just don't know how to drive, here's some data to back you up.
In a new report from finance site Smart Asset, New Jersey ranks No. 4 on a list of states with the worst drivers.
Only Florida, Mississippi and Oklahoma fare worse.
The Garden State's poor ranking is fueled mostly by the number of vehicular deaths per 1,000 drivers: 0.62, according to the report. Mississippi is a distant third-place at 0.29.
And only five states have a worse score in the category of driving tickets. SmartAsset gave each state a score based on Google trends connected to certain terms such as "traffic ticket" and "speeding ticket."
"We have some of the most congested roadways," said Cathleen Lewis of AAA Northeast, responding to the report. "It makes us more aggressive; it makes us try to get where we're going faster; it makes us always on the look to switch lanes."
According to Lewis, aggression and distraction are the two biggest problems for drivers in New Jersey.
A just-released study from Liberty Mutual and Students Against Destructive Decisions finds texting may not be the main distraction for teenagers behind the wheel. While 27 percent admitted to texting while driving, about two-thirds said they're guilty of using apps such as Facebook and Twitter when operating a vehicle.
New Jersey scored well in one category of the SmartAsset report: percentage of drivers who are insured.