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NY: NJ Drivers Are Terrible; NJ: No, You Are; Expert: You're Both Bad
Thursday, October 06, 2011 - 03:11 PM
The Brian Lehrer Show kicked off their month-long series about driving today. This week's installment: the differences between New York and New Jersey drivers--and which flavor is worse. But the guest, Michelle Krebs of Edmunds and AutoObserver.com, debunked the premise right away.
"Most states are full of really bad drivers," she said. "Part of it is because we never go back and take driving lessons again, (and) it's really important because the technology changes."
Some callers wanted to expand the conversation beyond the two states. For example, Jordan in Mamaroneck "learned to drive a stick shift on Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn." He continued: "I can tell you from regular experience...the scariest license plate on the road is not New York or New Jersey, it's Connecticut."
To hear how local drivers are stymied by highway turning lanes called jughandles, making a right turn on red, and undertaking a maneuver known as "the Jersey Left," listen to the segment below.