New Jersey doesn't rank first in many non tax, congestion or traffic categories, but most wouldn't argue that New Jersey ranks #1 in complaining about jughandles jughandles.

The jughandle has become synonymous with New Jersey and with driving in the Garden State. It has even been referred to as a "Jersey left". Cute name, but we're not laughing. What we are is sick of turning right when we're trying to go left. The jughandle is among the Jersey Shore's top pet peeves.

So, how did this all happen? What's the history of the jughandle. We did some research and found out that one of the first published use of the word was in the New York Times in 1959, in an article discussing the construction of three jughandles, including one near Monmouth Park  Racetrack,according to

Of course, experts claim that they are the safest way too go, and that may be true, but that doesn't seem to alleviate driver frustration. If you want an in-depth look at jughandles, including the three types and the positives and negatives associated with them, check out the details provided by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

The fact of the matter is it looks like the jughandle, like traffic during tourist season, is here to stay at the Jersey Shore. We've been dealing with them for 6 decades and, like many other things, it's just one of those prices we pay to live at the Jersey Shore.

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