Anyone familiar with the New Jersey Turnpike or Garden State Parkway along with the jug handles, offramps, detours and potholes in between knows well that optimal driving conditions do not prevail in New Jersey. Long-suffering Garden State drivers also know the cost of traveling on our roads. And the cost of not traveling on them — congestion drives up the cost substantially. It’s reckoned that congestion cost U.S. drivers $87 billion in 2018, as well as an average of 97 hours of their time.
Road conditions naturally aren’t consistent across the entire country. To identify the states with the most (and least) positive driving experiences, WalletHub, a website that usually focuses on credit scores and credit reports, compared all 50 states across 31 key indicators of a commute, everything from safety to average gas prices to road quality. After analyzing the data, it deemed New Jersey the eighth worst state in which to drive. It gave the honor of best driving state to Iowa, with Tennessee, North Carolina, Texas and Nebraska rounding out the top five. The survey nailed Hawaii as the worst state for drivers; Rhode Island, Washington, California and Colorado joined it in the bottom five states.