This will not come as a shock to anyone who has driven more than five minutes in New Jersey, but if you're looking for a safe, inexpensive and relaxing ride, the Garden State is not your place.

The study that confirms what most of us already knew was done by Bankrate and ranked each state from best to worst when it can to good conditions for drivers, and as you can imagine, the Garden State was much closer to 'worst' than we were to 'best'.

Some of the elements of driving that were included in the research included cost, driving quality and safety. And when all was said and done, New Jersey was the 47th best, or 4th worst, state for drivers.

The only worse states were Connecticut, Hawaii and California. Even New York ranked higher than New Jersey, landing at the # 42 spot in the study. The top state for drivers was North Dakota, with Iowa and Ohio rounding out the top 3.

This news is not exactly new to us, but it is confirmation that all those feelings of frustration and stress we seem to feel every time we get behind the wheel are justified. That's pretty small consolation, though, for all the hard working Jersey Shore residents just trying to get to work.

And just to make you feel a little worse about our driving situation, in the category 'best driving quality', the top state in the nation was Wyoming, scoring a 19.2 By way of comparison New Jersey was awarded a 1.8. Ouch.

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