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Driving safely during the winter

According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, 22 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are attributed, at least in part, to weather. Because of hazardous seasonal conditions, drivers in New Jersey should take extra precautions to drive safely during the winter season. Two of the primary hazards are ice and black ice.

End of daylight saving time signals increased risk for drivers

The end of daylight saving time may be associated with an increased risk of wildlife-related crashes, and motorists in New Jersey and other states should take note. According to the department of transportation in one western state, an average of 3,300 animal-vehicle collisions are reported each year with property damage exceeding $3,400 on average. Shorter daylight hours make animals on the move more difficult to see during prime travel times regardless of locale, so drivers everywhere may want to take extra care to avoid an accident.

Vehicle collision reduction systems are saving lives

Collision avoidance systems have not become the norm in vehicles in New Jersey and around the nation as of yet. However, recent findings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) suggest that manufacturers should consider making collision avoidance systems standard.

Snapchat blamed for deadly reckless driving accidents

New Jersey law enforcement agencies have noticed a disturbing increase in the number of serious accidents caused by distracted drivers, and motorists using their smartphones to read or post messages on social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook are often responsible. These companies have been criticized in certain quarters for failing to do enough to curb this type of behavior, and the company behind the popular messaging application Snapchat has been accused by some road safety advocates of actively encouraging it.

Safety awareness for teen drivers and their families

New Jersey motorists may recognize that driving while texting is dangerous, but this does not necessarily cause themm to make safe decisions with regard to smartphone use in their vehicles. Statistics for 2015 reflect a sudden increase in driving fatalities after many years of decreasing numbers. Data collected for the year indicates that the most negatively affected group is that of teen drivers, a group that suffered a 10-percent increase in driving fatalities from the previous year.

Teen drivers a greater danger in summer

New Jersey parents of teenage drivers should be aware that the American Automobile Association designates the period between Memorial Day and the start of the new school year as the "100 Deadliest Days." Based on figures from the last several years, it is predicted that around 1,000 people will die in motor vehicle accidents involving teen drivers in that time period during 2016.

Traffic fatalities on the decrease

While heart disease, drugs and alcohol are some of the leading causes for death, many people die in motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey each year. In fact, almost 34,000 people died in a car-related accident throughout the nation during 2013, according to the latest findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New technology attempts to reduce deaths from driver fatigue

Fatigued drivers frequently pose a serious threat to themselves and fellow motorists in New Jersey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that the amount of fatal crashes at least partially owed to driver fatigue at around 25 percent nationwide. A growing effort is underway to introduce technology intended to combat this danger to the public.

Older drivers face more risks than younger drivers

The risk of being killed in a car accident in New Jersey and around the country increases with age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is in part due to declines in vision and cognitive functioning of older motorists, which makes driving safely more difficult, but it is also due to their susceptibility to medical complications after an accident.

Holidays among the most dangerous days for driving

The number of motorists on New Jersey roadways increases during the holidays, as does alcohol consumption. Increased traffic and drinking leads to car accidents, so some major holidays are among the worst days to be on the road. New Year's Day, for example, has the highest percentage of alcohol-related driving deaths, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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