Driving in New Jersey: Statewide Stats

Despite the high cost of living, there are plenty of options for cheap car insurance New Jersey agents can offer. It pays to shop around, especially in such a densely populated state.There are nearly 8 million registered vehicles in New Jersey as of 2016, with a quarter million traffic accidents, 525 of which were fatal. The average annual cost for auto insurance is $1,608 (or $134/month) as of December, 2016.

Insurance Facts

Around 11% of drivers in New Jersey are uninsured, resulting in higher than average insurance premiums. If you are caught driving without insurance you will face a fine between $300 and $1,000, a period of community services, and loss of your driver’s license for one year. New Jersey hopes that these stiff penalties will help lower the rate of uninsured drivers, and ultimately help consumers by lowering auto insurance rates.

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New Jersey State Car Insurance Requirements

Basic Policy

The state mandates that a “Basic Policy” be available to drivers who are facing financial hardship (usually reserved for young drivers), and includes:

Standard Policy

This policy is the typical split-limit liability policy and includes the following minimum coverages:

More information on these different policies can be found at the state’s Department of Banking & Insurance page.

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Helpful Resources

Motor Vehicle Commission

The New Jersey MVC’s website is built to help consumers renew their drivers licenses, register their vehicles, and prepare for licensing exams (among other services). You can also change your address online, order your motor vehicle report, and pay registration fees and traffic fines. For a list of local MVC offices, click here.

DUI Information

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, there were 164 drunk driving fatalities in 2012 (representing 28% of all total traffic deaths). In 2013, there were over 24,000 DUI arrests in the state.

The Motor Vehicle Commission lists the following penalties for a first-time DUI offense:

The Bottom Line

As with most states, New Jersey’s auto insurance rates are most affected the DUI and uninsured motorist rates. However, the population density (which is much higher than most states) is a huge factor as well. Many residents commute to and from the cities, or across into New York, and with that many drivers on the road each day, the risk of traffic accidents increases exponentially.

All the more reason to make sure you are always paying the cheapest rate! With so many companies competing for your business, now is a great time to call an agent! A licensed professional can guide you through the buying process and ensure that you are paying the cheapest rates available. Call us at the number above, or check out one of our local pages for a list of agents in your area.

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