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“Difficult Roads Often Lead to Beautiful Destinations”

Driving in New Jersey can be quite the adventure! With such a variety of historical, natural and cultural attractions in our state, is it any wonder that once Memorial Day weekend comes around, NJ residents take to their cars in droves and hit the highway in search of interesting and fun things to do? From High Point State Park in northern New Jersey to Cape May in the south, the Garden State has literally something for everyone.

With all of the added summer traffic, however, comes the chance for potentially dangerous driving situations. Follow our tips below for staying safe this summer on the road, and enjoy your New Jersey summer!

  • Don’t drive like you own the road. Drive like you own the car.
  • Don’t make assumptions about what other drivers are going to do. The only thing you can assume about another driver with a turn signal on is that they have a turn signal on. He/she might not be turning at all, and just forgot to turn it off. Anticipate, don’t assume.
  • Watch out for aggressive drivers, and try to stay out of their way. They are the cause of a lot of accidents – especially on freeways when vehicles are traveling at high speed.
  • Never pull out in front of anyone or swerve into someone else’s lane. Doing so may cause an accident. It’s also simply poor etiquette.
  • Make sure your car always has gas in it – don’t ride around with the gauge on empty. You may be a long way from the nearest gas station, and summer roadway temperatures can be dangerous if you find yourself walking in search of assistance.
  • Watch out for deer and other animals. This is the time of year that most are giving birth to their babies. If you see an animal approaching, slow down and flash your lights repeatedly. Dusk and dawn are particularly bad times for running into animals, so be on the lookout for them.
  • Be on the lookout for motorcycles, as warmer weather generally means more people riding than during the colder months.
  • Keep on guard and safely get to where you’re going!

 

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