Friday, February 25, 2011

From a NYC cab driver: Why I hate Jersey and a "Jerseyite" Response

"New Jersey drivers do not know how to drive properly in New York City. They never use their turn signal, they drive like they're sightseeing, they have an incredible sense of entitlement, and they're almost always on the phone. I've figured out that the worst cars on the road are white Mercedes SUVs with New Jersey plates. Each of these characteristics stand alone as a sign that the person will drive like an asshole, but put them together and you get the shittiest drivers ever. These are the ones that will dangerously cut you off, forcing you to slam on the brakes or swerve into oncoming traffic, and then, to add insult to injury, they will give you the finger because you honked. I'm not saying that the driver of the car in the photo did anything wrong (because that might be considered libel), but I'm not saying he didn't either."

Jersey does have a reputation for having the worst drivers south of Massachusetts....

Here is a response his posting got:
Anonymous said...
"A Pennsylvanian by birth, I used to share your sentiment. After living in South Jersey for the past 15+ years, I have changed my tune. Pennsylvanians and New Yorkers drive like tourists when in NJ. Just like Jerseyites do in the other two states and so on. There are the "by-the-book" rules of the road that everyone needs to follow and then there are the de-facto rules that apply to specific stretches of road during specific times of day. I could cite numerous examples, but suffice it to say that if you drive a particular stretch of road every day, you know the nuances of speed/swerve/potholes/bottlenecks that someone driving there for the first time does not. Of course there are cars of any state that are operated by assholes. They are assholes in every other facet of their miserable lives, so why should they be magically transformed when they get behind the wheel of their car?"

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