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100 Reasons Why New Jersey Is Worst Traffic State

Updated on June 27, 2017
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Worst New Jersey Traffic

The biggest pet peeve about New Jersey traffic is the actual "traffic", which I'll gladly confirm after 20+ years of living in the Garden State.

However there are plenty of other issues to get worked up about and below is a list of ten greatest pet peeves according to New Jersey drivers.

  1. Texting while driving
  2. Tailgaters and others who follow too closely
  3. People putting on makeup in the car
  4. Trying to read a book or manual
  5. Car drifters and sudden lane changers
  6. Drivers who drive way under the speed limit
  7. Those who attempt to race at a red light
  8. Aggressive drivers who drive beyond the speed limit
  9. Drunk drivers and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
  10. Angry and aggressive drivers who flip you off

Do those nuisances sound believable to you?

A lot of those pet peeves could apply to states, but there's definitely a higher likelihood of them occurring on NJ roadways any given day.

The bad news is that there are 90 more pet peeves to get through and each is more annoying than the next.

Pet Peeves 11-20

The Traffic Could Be Worse

NJ Traffic Pet Peeves #11-20

11.
Morning rush hour crawl
12.
Evening rush hour slowdown
13.
Drivers who won't allow you change lanes
14.
Drivers who honk if you're driving the speed limit
15.
Slow motorists in the fast lane
16.
Fast motorists in the slow lane
17.
Crazy lane shifters
18.
The distracted coffee drinkers
19.
Individuals who honk at everybody
20.
People who eat or drink while driving

Rush Hour Horror!

There's nothing worse for motorists than the pain of sitting in rush hour traffic every morning and evening.

I know every place experiences traffic but when you're the most densely populated state with New York City and Philadelphia nearby, then it becomes a nightmare with no escape from the horror.

The traffic in other states usually surrounds an urban setting, but in Jersey it's everywhere. There's nowhere you could go in NJ without experiencing some sort of traffic jam on the Garden State Parkway, the NJ Turnpike, or a plethora of other major roadways throughout the state.

For the average resident, congestion on the roadways is a part of daily life; a part no one in the state would admit they enjoy.

Pet Peeves 21-30

The Port Authority Police
The Port Authority Police | Source

NJ Traffic Pet Peeves #21-30

21.
Quick texters and rapid phone onlookers
22.
Drivers who seem to follow you too long
23.
Undercover police vehicles
24.
Sudden police siren behind you
25.
Getting pulled over for no reason
26.
Getting pulled over for being slightly over the limit
27.
Cops that give you a ticket for nothing
28.
The busted taillight drivers
29.
Brake happy road warriors
30.
No brake lights motorists

"Bleep" the Police

Ah those dreaded cops!

For some they are saviors, but for many they are the devil. At least that's what it feels like when one pulls you over.

The cops in NJ get paid well, so maybe they're trying to make the most of their careers, but drivers probably wish they would ride off a cliff. I'll admit that the police get a bad rap because most are doing their job, however; many take advantage of their position.

Motorists get irritated when cops pull them over for minor traffic violations such as going 5-10 miles over the speed limit or when they scare them to death by following. Even worse is when people get pulled over just because the cops want to fill their monthly quota.

So yes the relationship between NJ drivers and cops isn't perfect, but I think most citizens would rather have them around. And if you've ever been to New Jersey, then you definitely need a lot of cops around.

Pet Peeves 31-50

NJ Traffic Pet Peeves #31-50

31.
Truck drivers that surround you or follow too closely
32.
Truck drivers mixed with cars on major highways
33.
Traffic signs that make no sense
34.
Police cars that think they're above the law
35.
Impossible urban traffic
36.
Seemingly endless highway construction
37.
Unexpected road or exit closures
38.
The evil and never fixed potholes
39.
Broken and unpaved roadways
40.
Cracked roadways that never get repaired
41.
Speed demons in urban settings
42.
Law breakers
43.
Drivers performing illegal K and U turns
44.
Traffic cones that are close together
45.
Drivers performing illegal left and right turns
46.
Detour routes leading to nowhere
47.
Gas station traffic jam
48.
Minor accidents causing hours of traffic
49.
Monthly toll hikes
50.
Student drivers on major highways

Law Breakers

Law breakers are drivers who don't care what violations they break as long as they get where they want to be.

It also means that they're liable to cause other motorists massive headaches and put everyone on edge. A lot of accidents are caused because unlawful citizens make dumb maneuvers and crash into someone or something.

And once that happens everyone is angered due to the inevitable traffic jams that'll follow.

Driving in NJ is bad enough without a few idiots causing problems on the interstate. If residents were given the option to stone those individuals, then they would do it in a heartbeat.

There's zero tolerance for law breakers in the Garden State.

Pet Peeves 51-70

A blinding car beam of light
A blinding car beam of light | Source

NJ Traffic Pet Peeves #51-70

51.
Parking in the middle of the street
52.
Motorists stopping in the middle of the road
53.
Wide open car doors in traffic
54.
Swerving and speedster motorcyclists
55.
Incompetent elderly drivers
56.
Dazed and confused motorists
57.
Those without an NJ license plate
58.
New York drivers
59.
Red light rushers
60.
People who driver through red lights
61.
Neverending turning signals
62.
No turning signal at all
63.
No headlights after dark
64.
High beam use in traffic zones
65.
Tinted car windows
66.
Distracting customized vehicles
67.
Through the window littering
68.
Cigarette sparks from smokers
69.
Garbage left on top of car
70.
Snow and ice covered vehicles

Blinding High Beams

Out of all the items on this list, high beams are one of the most irritating.

There's nothing worse than a few drivers using their high beams in a high traffic zone. First of all, drivers aren't even allowed to do that legally, and second, why are you trying to cause more accidents!

Normal, safe traffic on NJ roadways is horrible already, but apparently that's not good enough for some people.

Other pet peeves in this set include people who stop or park in the middle of the road (very, very stupid) and those who don't clear the snow and ice off their vehicle/s.

That's right!

People are so lazy that they don't even attempt to clear off their car hoods/tops after a snowstorm, which means other motorists have to dodge the ice flinging off the idiots' cars.

The utter laziness and stupidity of some of these drivers is amazing, and you really have to see it to believe it.

Pet Peeves 71-90

NJ Traffic Pet Peeves #71-90

71.
Drivers who don't use defrosters
72.
People who don't use wipers during precipitation
73.
Messy or dirty vehicles
74.
New drivers (usually teens)
75.
Easily distracted drivers
76.
Panicked motorists
77.
Those with no winter weather driving experience
78.
Massive snow plows on roadways
79.
Any accident that creates a nuisance
80.
Rain and thunderstorms
81.
Winter Weather
82.
Dense fog/mist
83.
Those who only rely on GPS
84.
Sharp and rapid braking
85.
Lane shoving without any hand/traffic signals
86.
Inconsiderate motorists who never wave "thank you"
87.
Those who drive recklessly during inclement weather
88.
Non headlight use during bad weather
89.
Loud engine vehicles
90.
Annoying loud engine exhibitionists

Driving in Inclement Weather

Question: Should drivers slow down during periods of inclement weather?

Answer: Obviously Yes!

If only it were that easy. Some people don't get the hint that when it rains or snows, they need to drive a little bit more carefully. I've even seen people who don't use their wipers or headlights during heavy precipitation events.

How does that make any sense!

It doesn't, and I don't understand why a lot of NJ drivers drive normally or even speed during terrible weather conditions such as dense fog. It only takes a few miscreants to cause a major, fatal accident.

You'd think people would eventually learn their lesson and drive more carefully, but alas they never got the message and we have to suffer for their mistakes.

Pet Peeves 91-100

Look out for live deer!
Look out for live deer! | Source

NJ Traffic Pet Peeves #91-100

91.
Drivers who always try to showoff
92.
Impatient motorists
93.
People who hold up traffic because they can't park
94.
Horribly parked vehicles that take up two parking spaces
95.
People who take up two lanes of traffic
96.
Swerving motorists with partial lane entry
97.
Ambulances and other emergency vehicles
98.
Deer crossings and roadkill
99.
Natural blockades (fallen branches, water hazards, etc)
100.
Man made blockades (gas leaks, fires)

Deadly Deer Crossings

New Jersey residents know that deer are an annual concern particularly in less urban locations. Deer related accidents have been steadily on the rise and even the warning signs don't help anymore.

There's been occasions where deer have shown up without any prior alerts, and I guarantee people in NJ have experienced or know someone who's had a run in with a deer. I don't know how it is in other states, but that's our number one animal related issue.

Other pet peeves that often show up include fallen tree branches, roadway flooding, and gas leaks, but the biggest nuisance those problems cause is still traffic.

Traffic is still by far the biggest pet peeve, and a lot of these other annoyances factor into it.

Well those are the 100 biggest pet peeves about New Jersey traffic.

Did they annoy you, or better yet, how many of these do you experience where you live?

Leave a comment and let me know.

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      Krzysztof Willman 23 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      I've never been there but I've seen plenty of footage describing what you've said. It's quite amazing to witness and I don't know how people get by everyday. Thank you for the feedback.

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      JR Krishna 23 months ago from India

      Interesting hub

      Fascinated to see that all cars are lined up one after the other.

      In India they would try to get into every little space available on the road and it will be mess within no time

      Thanks for sharing

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      JOC 23 months ago from Syracuse, NY