If driving is the most important thing in your life, it may be time to move to North Dakota. It’s been ranked Number One in a new study of the best and worst states for drivers. New Jersey, on the other hand, is jammed close to the end of the line, ranked fourth last, only underperformed by Connecticut, Hawaii and — worst of all — California. The states rounding out the top five smooth rides after North Dakota are Iowa, Ohio, Minnesota and Nebraska.
The report considered factors such as safety (including accident data), road conditions, traffic and commuting times, and the cost of running a car.
While North Dakota scored 5.1 on safety, 17.1 on cost, and 19 on driving quality, the Garden State’s scores came in at 8.8, 6.15 and 1.8 respectively. Only Massachusetts (1.4) and California (1) scored worse than New Jersey on driving quality.
And here’s a related number the report chose to highlight from recent U.S. Census Bureau data: More than three-quarters of commuters in the United States — 117 million people — get to work by driving alone, with nobody else in the car.