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Safety’s Sake: Common Mistakes NJ Drivers Make

Last updated on November 18, 2019 at 11:50 am

Driving is something we often take for granted. Plymouth Rock in New Jersey wants to remind you that whether you are driving a Toyota Prius or a Cadillac Escalade, a lot can go wrong behind the wheel if you are not careful. And while you might think you know all there is to know about driving…mistakes can happen.

Here are a few common mistakes New Jersey drivers make every day:

Distracted Driving

Plymouth Rock Assurance has been championing the fight against distracted driving. We were even recently named as the Guinness World Records® title holder for Most Pledges to a Safety Campaign! But, there is always more that can be done to increase awareness for this common driving mistake.

In 2013, a survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that almost half of the respondents reported they still answer their cell phones while driving! This is despite nearly 1.4 million New Jersey accidents between 2004 and 2013 related to distracted driving.

Lighten Up

The sun has gone down, the streetlights are clicking on, and from up the road an F-350 looks more like a freight train as it barrels toward you with its high beams on! Well, that’s not too bright. When it comes to checking your headlights, we have all have been suspect of being a little dim, and with the advent of daytime running lights it is time for NJ drivers to…lighten up.

According the New Jersey Driver Manual, nearly 90 percent of driving decisions are based upon what a motorist sees while driving. So check your lights next time you head home from work, because how can you make safe driving decisions if you can’t see what is in front of you?

Buckle Up

Seatbelts save lives. In fact, the use of a seatbelt can reduce chance of injury by half. But more alarming is that among the age groups with lowest restraint usages, 64% of the operators who died could have been prevented death with a seatbelt.

However, there is still a large percentage of NJ drivers who still refuse, or forget, to wear a seatbelt. In 2013, the New Jersey Click It or Ticket campaign resulted in over 26,000 seatbelt violation tickets statewide. Whether the reason is for safety or to save you money, it clearly makes sense to buckle up.

Give It a Rest

Driving tired is driving impaired. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is getting behind the wheel while sleep deprived. Studies are being produced annually and they are finding a similar correlation between driving drowsy and driving drunk. This has led to drowsy driving laws being passed throughout the nation, starting with New Jersey’s Maggie’s Law in 2003. Next time you think about getting behind the wheel while feeling drowsy…give it a rest.

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