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Day 1, By The Book

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At the time I’m writing this, the only driving I’ve done so far is 45 minutes worth of taking my kids to school. As I wrote yesterday, I’m doing a bit of a social experiment to see what happens when you drive absolutely by the book. Obey every NJ traffic law to the letter. Let me tell you, this is already harder than I thought. People in New Jersey REALLY don’t like it when you obey the law. Especially the speed limit laws. The 40 mile zones weren’t too terrible, but in the 35 mph zones and especially the 25 mph zones the tailgating began. You could practically feel the hostility oozing out of the other cars. At one point the flashing of the brights began. Now mind you, I was driving the way we’re SUPPOSED to drive, and I already had three tailgaters and one guy raging with high beams. It was so difficult to stick to a speed limit like 35 mph I found the best way to do it was to set my cruise control. I didn’t even realize it would work at such a low speed, but it did.

This is going to be a long 72 hours. Keep in mind, I’m not getting in left lanes and impeding traffic or anything like that. I’m simply staying to the right, doing the speed limit, obeying every petty traffic law NJ has, (especially the 2 year old onerous crosswalk law which is what started this whole experiment) and at the end of these 72 hours I will report back on the difference between this and real world driving. If I’m alive that is. Because what I’ve already learned is obeying all the rules of the road is dangerous in New Jersey.

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