Here's what you need to know when driving in New Jersey
Across the Garden State, there are 84,281 miles of road just waiting to be driven. We’ll get you prepped, then you take the wheel.
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Compare the best rates from 6 car insurance companies in New Jersey.
Across the Garden State, there are 84,281 miles of road just waiting to be driven. We’ll get you prepped, then you take the wheel.
|Rank||Company Name||Avg. Annual Premium|
|3||New Jersey Manufacturers||$1,284|
Drivers with good driving records typically enjoy lower car insurance costs than drivers with histories of speeding tickets, at-fault accidents, or DUI citations. New Jersey drivers without a recent speeding ticket typically save 24% on their car insurance premiums — far exceeding the 17% national average. In addition to earning a cheaper premium for driving incident-free, you may qualify for a safe-driving bonus through your car insurance company. The amount of these discounts may vary, but they typically run between 5 and 10%.
|Rating Factor||$ Savings||% Savings|
|No Traffic Tickets||$536||24.66%|
Young drivers (those between the ages of 16 and 25) pay extraordinarily high auto insurance rates, with those aged 16-19 paying the most expensive premiums of all. Because of the risk presented by inexperienced drivers, teens pay more than three times the national average for car insurance. In New Jersey, the typical teen driver pays $4,704 per year — just a bit less than the nationwide teen driver average, but more than twice as much as a typical driver in New Jersey.
|Age||Annual Rate with Parents||Annual Rate Alone|
The best way to minimize your auto insurance expenditure is to avoid at-fault accidents, speeding tickets, and DUIs. As insurance companies use your driving record as a way to predict the level of risk you present, keeping your driving record clean will lead to lower premiums. It's especially important to avoid at-fault accidents, speeding tickets and DUI citations in New Jersey, one of the states in which insurance companies penalize poor driving most severely. In fact, a single speeding ticket could raise your car insurance rates by 24% in New Jersey.
|Rating Factor||Annual Rate||% Increase|
Each auto insurance company highlights its cheap rates. But just like with any product, the cheapest choice isn't always the best idea. Considering the financial stakes, it's worth doing your homework to find the insurance policy that covers your vehicle completely after a collision. Find the best value, rather than settling for the most affordable car insurance you find.
Compare local and national insurance companies' financial stability and claims satisfaction levels to better understand the level of service you'll receive. Claims satisfaction — measured by J.D. Power — is ranked on a scale of 2 to 5, with 5 being "among the best" and 2 being "the rest." Financial strength — calculated by A.M. Best and ranging from "Superior" to "Poor" — measures an insurance company's financial stability and ability to meet its contractual and policy obligations.
|Insurance Company||Claims Satisfaction (J.D. Power)||Financial Strength (A.M. Best)|
|Cal Casualty||Not Rated||Excellent|
|Penn National||Not Rated||Excellent|
The minimum insurance requirement in New Jersey is $15,000 Bodily Injury per person, $30,000 Bodily Injury per accident, and $5,000 Property Damage per accident.
If you elect the legal minimum coverage level in New Jersey, you'll owe an average of $1,044 annually. This is more expensive than the nationwide average by 59%. If you want better coverage, you can purchase a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage, which will protect against damages caused by car-versus-car collisions, theft, or weather conditions. Better auto insurance coverage comes at a cost: in New Jersey, a comprehensive policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $1,531, 47% more than liability-only coverage. For comprehensive insurance coverage with a $500 deductible, you can expect to pay 58% more than you would for basic liability-only coverage.
Examine average premiums for basic and comprehensive car insurance options below.
|Location||Liability-Only||Comprehensive — $1,000 Deductible||Comprehensive — $500 Deductible|
In New Jersey, you can select one of two common policy options:
Liability coverage is legally required in New Jersey and pays for injury and lost wages that you cause to another driver or their passengers as well as damage to the other driver’s vehicle in the event that you are considered “at fault” in an accident. The coverage limits are determined by each individual state and normally split into three categories. In New Jersey, the minimum is listed as 15/30/5 and explained below:
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage is legally required in New Jersey and pays for injury and lost wages that you or your passengers may suffer in the event that you are hit by an uninsured/underinsured driver who is at fault. The coverage limits are determined by each individual state and normally split into two categories. In New Jersey, the minimum is listed as 15/30/5 and explained below:
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in New Jersey can be coordinated with your health insurance or is offered as a stand-alone coverage for drivers that do not carry health insurance. It is important to check with your health insurance provider as to how or if they provide coverage for injuries resulting from auto accidents. Work loss, death benefit, and funeral expenses are not required but can be added to PIP to broaden coverage for you and your passengers. Minimum PIP coverage in New Jersey is listed below:
The lawsuit options in New Jersey determine a driver’s ability to sue for pain and suffering resulting from an accident. Choosing the “limited” option restricts the policyholder and their household members’ right to sue for pain and suffering in an accident to extreme circumstances like death, permanent disfigurement, or loss of a body part in return for a lower premium. Selecting the “unlimited” option allows the policyholder to sue for pain and suffering regardless of the severity of the injuries. This is generally a much more expensive option.
Put simply, a no-fault insurance laws system requires that drivers carry their own protection. When an accident happens, no matter who is at fault, your own insurance foots the bill. Each driver takes care of his or herself, and theoretically, the chances of someone suing or raising a hissy fit over culpability are lessened. And bonus? It guarantees every driver immediate medical treatment in the event of an accident.
Because New Jersey is a no-fault state, you're required to carry additional coverage beyond what is normally required in most states. You're required to carry the minimum liability coverage, uninsured motorist coverage, personal injury protection, and right to sue coverage.
Yes. Regardless of fault, you're required to cover your own bodily injury damage.
Metromile is a leading pay-per-mile car insurance company that sells policies in New Jersey.
Car insurance companies calculate your rate based on many factors, location of the vehicle being an important one. The cheapest car insurance is found in Toms River, New Jersey, and the most expensive in Newark, New Jersey.
|Rank||City||Avg. Annual Premium|
|2||West New York||$2,481|
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New Jersey has a 10-year lookback period for DUI. Multiple offenses within this time period result in harsher penalties and fines.
In addition to penalties corresponding to the number of previous DUI convictions, any DUI offense in New Jersey includes the following surcharges:
If you receive a ticket or citation, your auto insurance rates will probably rise. By how much depends on the violation, your insurance company's pricing strategy, and differing local insurance risks and regulations. That's why tickets may have a different impact on insurance in your state compared to the national average.
Below is a look at average car insurance rates in New Jersey after some common violations.
|Violation||Avg. Annual Auto Insurance Rate||% Insurance Rate Increase||$ Insurance Rate Increase|
|Hit and Run||$2,352||41%||$681|
|Refused Breathalyzer/Chemical Test||$2,911||74%||$1,239|
|Driving with a Suspended License||$2,869||72%||$1,198|
|Driving with an Open Container||$2,084||25%||$413|
|Operating a Vehicle Without Permission||$2,118||27%||$447|
|Passing a School Bus||$2,330||39%||$659|
|Following Too Closely||$2,354||41%||$682|
|Failure to Stop at a Red Light||$2,077||24%||$406|
|Driving Wrong Way/Wrong Lane||$2,077||24%||$406|
|Failure to Yield||$2,077||24%||$406|
|Speeding in a School Zone||$2,048||23%||$377|
|Driving Too Slowly||$2,048||23%||$377|
|Driving with Expired Registration||$1,902||14%||$231|
|Failure to Show Documents||$1,847||11%||$176|
|Failure to Use Child Safety Restraint||$1,725||3%||$54|
|Failure to Wear a Seat Belt||$1,725||3%||$54|
|Driving Without Lights||$1,725||3%||$54|
At The Zebra, we know better than most just what a pain buying car insurance can be. We also know that students suffer from higher-than-average policy rates. Talk about a double-whammy. That’s why, this year, we’ve decided to continue The Zebra’s annual scholarship with the goal of helping to alleviate the financial pressures of college-bound students in the New Jersey area, while also getting an insider view of the Garden State.
So, students, we want to see your favorite road trip destination(s) in your state— from your unique perspective. If it makes sense to hit the open road and be our virtual tour guide, that's great! But there are no limits to what we're looking for: a narrated animation, a slideshow of memorabilia, an illustrated map of the best roadside attractions on the way. This is a chance for you to showcase any place you love in as an original way as possible.
The length of the road trip to your feature destrination is inconsequential. So if you have an awesome spot in mind that's just two miles from home, we want to see it.
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