Part of what makes traveling an adventure is exploring a new destination. And while the change of scenery can be exciting, navigating unfamiliar highways and byways can sometimes be confusing. To help you meet these challenges, we’ve compiled a list of peculiar maneuvers to master, creature crossings to heed, a handy highway guide and helpful tips to reference, as well as some quirky local laws that may surprise you. Armed with these, you’ll be driving like a local in no time.
The Jersey Jughandle
If you’ve ever wanted to make a left turn in New Jersey, you’ve probably encountered the jughandle. Drivers visiting the Garden State may be puzzled as they wait for a green left-turn signal that may never appear. That’s because in New Jersey there are more than 600 jughandles — more than any other state. The jughandle requires drivers to make a right turn in order to go left. This means that drivers usually take a right-hand exit before entering a U-shaped stretch of road that ends with a traffic light at an intersection. When the light is green, drivers either continue straight across the intersection to complete a left turn or turn left for a U-turn.