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Monday, December 17, 2007

How To Survive a Day in New Jersey

I found this on another blog and thought it was funny.

1. First, you must learn how to pronounce Newark....It is New-erk, not New-ark.

(Actually, it's pronounced 'NORK'.)

2. The morning rush hour is from 5:00 a.m. to noon. The evening rush
hour is from noon to 7:00 p.m. Friday's rush hour starts on Thursday

3. The minimum acceptable speed on the turnpike is 85 mph. On the
Garden State Parkway it's 105 or 110. Anything less is considered

4. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Jersey has its own
version of traffic rules. For example, cars/trucks with the loudest
muffler go first at a four-way stop; the trucks with the biggest tires
go second. However, in Monmouth County , SUV-driving, cell
phone-talking moms ALWAYS have the right of way.

5. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear ended,
cussed out, and possibly shot.

6. Never honk at anyone. EVER. It's another offense that can get you shot.

7. Road construction is permanent and continuous in all of Jersey .
Detour barrels are moved around for your entertainment during the
middle of the night to make the next day's driving a bit "more

8. Watch carefully for road hazards such as drunks, skunks, dogs,
cats, barrels, cones, celebs, rubber-neckers, shredded tires,
cell-phoners, deer and other road kill and other drivers trying to, you know, hit 'em.

9. Mapquest does not work here -- none of the roads are where they say
they are or go where they say they do. And all the Turnpike EZ pass
lanes are moved each night once again to make your ride more exciting.

10. If someone actually has their turn signal on, wave them to the
shoulder immediately to let them know it has been 'accidentally

11. If you are in the left lane and only driving 70 in a 55-65mph
zone, you are considered a road hazard and will be 'flipped off'
accordingly. If you return the flip, you'll be shot.

12. Do not try to estimate travel time -- just leave Monday afternoon
for Tuesday appointments, by noon Thursday for Friday, and right after
church on Sunday for anything on Monday morning.

This was posted by Liz at http://www.thisfullhouse.com/this_full_house/2007/11/i-love-you-mean.html

And yes Liz I do know what your talking about. I live in North Jersey.


  1. You might want to take a look at this site.

  2. Thanks for the link and we must carpool, one day!

  3. Thanks Jim, yes I already found that site and plan to add it to my links.

    Just been busy with the holidays and all my other blogs but I appreciate you giving me the link again. It will be up soon.

    Sounds great Liz. Your welcome.

  4. I work in "Nork". Found these tips to be funny and sad but true. On Saturday March 1 the new cell phone ban goes into effect. I'm curious to see how that challenge to Jersey drivers will play out.

    BTW, I live in New York State, and the drivers there aren't any better.

  5. Thanks for posting Larry.
    I'm glad I'm not driving and I'm guessing most people will still talk on their cell phone. Just maybe they'll be more careful but we'll see.

    And I have driven in NY so I know how NY'ers drive too.lol

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