Here’s The Proper Honking Etiquette For The Beep Happy Jersey Shore
We do a lot of things really well at the Jersey Shore. We do pizza well. We're awesome at diners. And we make a mean pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich. But the thing we might do better than anything else might just be the art of beeping while driving. Well, maybe we do it a lot, but are we as good at it as we think.
In an informal survey, over 80% of Jersey Shore drivers say they most likely beep properly while driving. We know how to beep the correct way, don't we? It's simple. You just lay on the horn and stay on it for a period of time that best represents your anger or frustration you have felt since the traffic infraction the other driver performed. Right?
Well, actually according to several sources, that's exactly the wrong way to do it. It may be very Jersey, but it apparently isn't very right. You want to know what the experts say? Keep reading. You might get a kick out of it.
Here are some honking tips from First Time Driver. You can honk to alert other drivers to mechanical issues with your car. They also say to use a quick beep when another driver is fading into your lane to alert him he's a little too close for comfort. Remember that's a quick beep.
And they also share this quote...
Contrary to popular belief, a vehicle’s horn is not an instrument for letting other people know they’re bad drivers.
Wait. I thought that was exactly what it's for. Isn't the horn our instrument of driving judgement. Don't people driving around us want us the grade their performance?
Have the people at First Time Driver ever attempted any of the traffic circles here at the Jersey Shore? I'm guessing no.
And according to Find Law, here's the proper legal usage of a horn in New Jersey..
The driver of a motor vehicle shall, when reasonably necessary to insure safe operation, give audible warning with his horn but shall not otherwise use such horn when upon a highway.
So what do those 80% of Jersey Shore drivers who thought they beep properly say? Umm, woops?