Becoming a Better Driver

Warm weather is finally here! There will be more people traveling to visit friends, family or taking day trips to the beach.  We believe that smarter drivers make safer roads, so we have compiled tips, tools and resources to help you drive smart and make NJ’s roads a safer place for everyone. Find out how you can:

9.6%

decrease in fatalities from motor vehicle crashes from 2017 to 2018

70%

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

46

states have laws banning texting while driving

Expect more people

Warm weather brings more people walking, riding bikes, scooters, and skateboards. Use caution when driving and pay extra attention to crosswalks.

Don’t Speed

With warm weather, we might be tempted to go faster. Slow down and watch your speed especially when it is raining, it could save a life.

 

Watch out for motorcycles

Keep a safe distance when driving behind motorcycles, and always check for blind spots especially at intersections.

Give yourself extra time

Be prepared for unpredictable tourist traffic. Give yourself extra time to avoid tailgating and rushing to your destination.

Buckle up

Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Always double check that all your passengers are secure.

Watch for animals on the road

Be aware that animal activity increases in warmer months. You are likely to see animals crossing the roadways, especially at dawn and dusk.

Driving while impaired by any substance—legal or illegal—puts you and others in harm’s way. If you feel different you drive different.

Impaired Driving

Impaired driving continues to be a safety issue on our roadways across the country. Many substances can impair driving, including alcohol, some over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and illegal drugs. Impaired drivers aren’t just putting themselves at risk: they are a danger to everyone else on the road. Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes—that’s one person every 48 minutes. With numbers this high, we must spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving. Below are tips to help keep you safe.

Safety Tips for Driving

  • Plan before you go: if you know you will be drinking, plan your ride home ahead of time, either through a designated driver or car share service.
  • Volunteer as Designated Driver: rotate being designated drivers with your friends. Pick them up at home so they will not be tempted to drive later.
  • Set an example: if you’re hosting a party with alcohol, remind guests to designate a sober ride home, and offer non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Protect others: don’t let friends get behind the wheel if they’re under the influence. If you know someone has been drinking don’t be afraid to report them to the police – it could save a life.
  • Know the facts: many substances are dangerous when driving- alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs slow coordination, judgment, and reaction times.

Taking a Road Trip

Have You Done Your Safety Checkup?

Getting the family ready for a summer road trip or vacation takes a lot of planning. While we get ourselves ready, we must not forget to check that our vehicle is also prepared. Below are tips to ensure that you and your family arrive to your destination safely.

  1. Check your tires – high temperatures can cause your tires to lose pressure which tends to lower your gas mileage and can lead to a tire blowout.
  2. Check all fluids – to avoid overheating, check your fluids (especially coolant) every few weeks. Also check motor oil, transmission, brake and washer fluids.
  3. Replace wiper blades – summer is known for thunderstorms, make sure your wiper blades aren’t showing signs of wear.
  4. Have your AC unit checked – if it’s not blowing cold air, you may have a leak.
  5. Test your battery – Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which can lead to corrosion.
  6. Build a good emergency kit – with a flashlight, jumper cables, reflective triangles, a first-aid kit, sealed snacks and a multi-tool.

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.

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