If you are native to New Jersey or a transplant, driving through New Jersey can be difficult. The Garden State has some of the most aggressive drivers anywhere in the country. Aggressive driving is an epidemic on our nation’s roads. Tension among motorists is particularly high in New Jersey, which is the most densely populated state in the country. Here are a few tips to maneuver your way about town.
Driving or Gaming?
Getting on and off NJ’s roadways can be a lot like playing a game of Frogger or Mario Brothers video game. It takes some skill. It also takes some help from other drivers. Instead of speeding up when you see someone attempting to merge into traffic, let them in. He who gets there first is not the winner. He who gets there safely is!
Getting Loud Here!
We understand being stuck in traffic on NJ’s roads can be near extremely frustrating and downright annoying, but if everyone is going slow, there’s probably a reason for it somewhere up ahead. Blowing your horn endlessly is not going to help the situation, nor is it going to make the traffic situation any less annoying. Show some respect to what you can and cannot control. Noise pollution included.
Don’t be a Jug Head!
The jughandle is as much a part of NJ’s culture as Springsteen and WaWa. Yes, you have to go right to turn left. Out-of-state drivers can be baffled by the fact that they can’t just make a left turn whenever they want. Don’t be a jughead when it comes to the jughandle. It’s part of the landscape here in the Garden State. You’ve got this! Just be sure to keep an eye out for the sign telling you where your next turn opportunity is.
Put Your Phone Down and Your Eyes Up.
This is nothing new. For your safety and for the safety of others, put your phone down, eyes up and just drive. Cell phones are a constant distraction in our daily lives. Don’t bring that distraction out on the roadway.
E-Z Pass Made Easy.
They call it E-Z Pass for a reason, it should make everyone’s commute easier. If you have a transponder in your car, put it in the vehicle where it can be easily scanned to keep the flow of traffic moving. By all means, don’t be that guy – you know the one. The guy who is searching for their E-Z Pass and then proceeds to stop in the middle of the toll booth frantically waving their pass in front of the scanner above hoping that the tag will get read.
NJ has plenty of great scenery when driving through the state for you to view. Exit 13A on the NJ Turnpike is not typically considered one of them! Just to be on the safe side, before you get near Exit 13A, take a deep breath and try not to breathe through your nose for a good ¼ mile. Every state has this spot. New Jersey happens to be Exit 13A Trust us, you can thank us later for this great tip unless you like the smell of a 3-day old egg sandwich!
All kidding aside, keep your eyes peeled, your wheels moving forward and your distractions to a minimum.
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