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New Jersey Drivers: How Do You Say “I’m Sorry”? [Jersey’s Point of Lou]

I'm sorry!
Lou Russo, Townsquare Media

It happens to the best of us. You’re driving along, minding your own business and you go to change lanes and you cut somebody off. You didn’t even see them, but it’s still your fault. So, how do you say “I’m sorry”

It’s not easy. Any hand gesture makes it seems like you’re arguing, or may be mistaken for the gesture New Jersey drivers are famous for. Mouthing “I’m sorry” leaves you open to the other driver thinking you’re mouthing something else, or forcing you to pull up next to the othe driver, and that can be taken the wrong way, too.

There’s always the old hand raise, you know the same one you use to say “thank you”. I think this one is the best, especially if you can combine it  with that face with the wrinkled nose and tightly closed lips. It would be helpful if you could shamefully tip your head down a bit.

Why do we have to go through all of this to say we’re sorry? Because we live in New Jersey and hand gestures and eye contact on the roads are not usually a good thing. It’s a shame that we are trained to expect nastiness and be shocked by niceness.

So good luck trying to be a nice person and saying you’re sorry on the roads of New Jersey. Don’t give up, someone may actually appreciate it! 

[Jersey’s Point of Lou is a weekly column featuring the opinions of 94.3 The Point’s Lou Russo sounding off about everything Jersey. Have a topic you’d like to see Lou talk about? Leave a comment below]

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