(some humor for this weekend)
From the Daily Record:
Rules of the road: Few driving geniuses in N.J.
Reading about the study ranking New Jersey 48th in the nation for driving knowledge, my first reaction was amusement.
Yet another thing people will use to poke fun at the state, I thought.
Then I saw that New York, where I grew up and learned how to drive, came in 47th.
It can’t be so! Or, just maybe, the truth hurts.
Here we are, New York and New Jersey, battling over the Jets, Giants and Statue of Liberty, archrivals throughout the decades –and it turns out we just might be soulmates when it comes to obnoxious, ill-informed driving.
Which is not to say the results of the second annual GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test, released Friday, should be taken too literally. The state with the most knowledgeable drivers, according to GMAC, is Oregon.
No offense, but we are we really supposed to believe that drivers in Oregon are that much better than us?
Let them try to navigate a Jersey jughandle, Route 80 in rush hour, or a back road in Mendham Township at night, and see how well they do.
An uniformed driver is a bad thing anywhere, but the risk rises in more populated areas. As the nation’s most densely populated state, New Jersey can ill-afford motorists unsure when to use their headlights or how to handle a sharp curve (such as at the nasty exit ramp from Route 287 North onto Route 80 West in Parsippany, scene of numerous rollovers).