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What to do in a hydroplaning incident

When the rainy season comes to New Jersey, drivers will want to be more careful on the road. When there's too much rain for a vehicle's tires to handle, the pressure in the front of the tire will push that water underneath and create a thin band of water between the tires and the road. The thicker it becomes, the more the tires float above the road and lose their traction.

Reality-based drivers' ed may improve teens' risk awareness

A Baylor University study has analyzed the effects of a supplemental drivers' education program on teens' risk awareness and driving behavior. The results should be of interest to parents in New Jersey whose teens are engaging in risky behavior behind the wheel. The program analyzed is called the Texas Reality Education for Drivers program, and 21 teen participants formed the study group.

How New Jersey drivers can avoid accidents

Auto accidents can happen at any time, but being a safe, defensive driver can reduce the risk of crashing. The following are a few tips on how to avoid accidents. It starts with having a properly maintained vehicle that can handle tight turns as well as brake and accelerate quickly in emergency situations. Tires and brakes are perhaps the most crucial parts.

Insurance study reveals small car safety issues

A New Jersey motorist who wants more protection in an automobile accident should consider buying a larger vehicle, according to a recent report from the Highway Loss Data Institute. The nonprofit organization gathers information about car accidents and road safety for the insurance industry. Its analysis of vehicles sold in the United States between 2014 and 2016 suggests that the likelihood of suffering a serious injury is reduced as vehicle size increases.

How distractions are leading to more pedestrian deaths

Whether their preferred mode of transportation is driving or walking, New Jersey residents should know that there are dangers to both. Since 2009, traffic fatalities have risen 11 percent, but pedestrian fatalities have risen a startling 46 percent. Experts know that vehicles themselves are not to blame for the increase because many automakers have made design changes to reduce the severity of crashes between vehicles and pedestrians.

July 4 accidents and their common causes

July 4 may be a holiday, but New Jersey residents will want to be on the lookout for safety hazards while they're celebrating. Of all the days in the year, Independence Day is the worst for fatal car crashes. In fact, 40 percent of all highway deaths from 2007 to 2011 were caused by drunk drivers between the days of June 30 and July 4. This is according to data from Esurance and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Steps to take after a car accident

When a car accident occurs in New Jersey, the parties involved should take certain actions to help protect their rights. First, it's always important to stop after the accident takes place, even if it seems like there is no damage. Failure to stop after a crash could lead to criminal penalties in some cases.

Tesla CEO finds fault not with accidents but news coverage

Due to the recent wave of accidents involving semi-autonomous vehicles, some New Jersey residents may believe that the technology that Tesla specializes in is far from safe. One recent accident in Utah involved a Tesla Model S that was engaged in Autopilot. However, the driver collided with a fire truck because she was looking down at her phone.

Daydreaming while driving can lead to crashes

When people get behind the wheel in Burlington County, they can encounter an array of dangers and distracted, negligent or dangerous drivers. All too frequently, these hazards can lead to damaging car accidents and long-term injuries. While a good deal of attention has been paid to the problem of phone use and texting while driving, non-technological distracted driving can also pose a threat to drivers and passengers on the roadways.

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