Becoming a Better Driver

We believe that smarter drivers make safer roads, so we’ve compiled tips, tools and resources along with some surprising facts to help you drive smart and make NJ’s roads a safer place for everyone. Find out how you can:

11%

more fatalities from motor vehicle crashes in NJ to date in 2016 than 2015

70%

of survey respondents age 16-65 say they engage in smartphone activities while driving

46

states have laws banning texting while driving

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Buy an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, flares, food and water and a blanket and keep the kit in your car.

Don’t Tailgate

Leave a full car length of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Remember, stopping distances are longer for ice.

Clear Your Vehicle of Snow

Snow left on the roof and hood can easily end up on the windshield or rear window, making it difficult to see.

Slow Down. Be Aware of Black Ice

Give yourself time. Consider delaying your trip if the roads and weather are bad.

Avoid Distractions

That includes mobile phone calls, texts, reading, putting on makeup and turning around to talk to kids or other passengers

Stay Alert

From unanticipated road hazards from weather conditions like, patches of ice, snow plows and detour signs– all drivers need to be alert and ready to react quickly and safely.

There’s no safe way to use a cell phone and drive.

Hands-free is not risk-free.

Car Maintenance

  • Maintain Your Car: clean your car off of all snow and keep your windows clear. Make sure your windshield wipers work, replace worn blades, and put no freeze fluid in the washer reservoir. Have a mechanic check your battery, and tire tread.
  • See and Be Seen! Make sure all the lights on your vehicle are in working order. Check your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, and interior lights.
  • Have On Hand: items such as jumper cables, ice scrapers, flashlight, warning devices such as flares flashlight, shovel, snow brush and blankets. For long trips, add food and water, medication and cell phone.
  • Stopped or Stalled? Stay in your car, don’t overexert, put bright markers on antenna or windows and shine dome light, and, if you run your car, clear exhaust pipe and run it just enough to stay warm.
  • Plan Your route: Allow plenty of time (check the weather and leave early if necessary), be familiar with the maps/ directions, and let others know your route and arrival time.

 

Driving Safe in the Winter

Stay Informed

Ice & Snow- Remove it Before You Go
There are approximately 500 fatalities in the United States per year due to icy road conditions

  • NJ Law is to remove all ice and snow from vehicle before driving – from hood and roof
  • Fines: $25-75 for each offense, regardless if the snow or ice knocked off vehicle
  • If snow of ice causes property damage or injury to others, the motorists face fines of $200-$1000
  • https://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/ice-and-snow.html

Pledge to Share the Road

Each day you’re on the road with thousands of other parents, teachers, mothers, fathers, and kids in all types of vehicles. From cars and trucks to buses and motorcycles – we’re all sharing the road. Join us in becoming a smarter, safer driver.

MAKE THE PLEDGE

There’s Always More to Learn.

New Jersey has a variety of special initiatives to help improve the safety of drivers, passengers and pedestrians on our roads. Check out these sites for more great info:

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