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How to Avoid Car Accidents in New Jersey

Nobody in their right mind wants to be involved in a car accident – this is why they are called "car accidents" and not "car purposes". Following all traffic rules is a good start, but a preventive driving mindset is an absolute must. Here are a few tips all drivers in New Jersey should use to avoid car accidents.

Check if the car is alright

Before even starting the engine, check the light indicators for warning signs. Yellow or red lights are usually a sign that something is wrong. Check the gas, engine coolant and oil indicators.

Check the blind spots before changing lanes

Even if you think you know the traffic behind you, it's always a good practice to check the blind spots when changing lanes. There are random speeding motorists who may want to side-swipe or someone may pop out from a side street or parking spot.

Look both ways when crossing an intersection

Always look both ways, even if you have a green light. You never know when someone with faulty breaks crosses the intersection from your left or right. You may also have to stop if you notice a police car, ambulance or fire department vehicle entering the crossroad.

Don't listen to very loud music

Some background music is alright, but don't make it too loud. You will have to hear warning honks and emergency vehicle sirens.

Don't use the cell phone

Texting and driving is a huge no-no, but so is talking on the phone. Pull over if you have to take an important phone call even if you have a hands-free device. The conversation will distract your attention even if you can use both hands. The same is advisable for any device you may want to use in your car (like radio, MP3 player or GPS). If there is a passenger on the right seat, ask him to change the station for you.

Keep a safe distance

The safe distance depends on your current speed and weather conditions. The reaction time (realizing that the car in front of you hit the breaks and then pushing the break) can be of as much as two seconds, and the breaking distance is longer if the road is wet or icy.

Don't necessarily take the shortest route

Shortest geographical route isn't always the fastest way to get from one place to another. Subscribe to traffic monitoring services and don't be afraid to take alternative routes if they are less crowded. A route with congested traffic may lead to accidents. More on NJ driving tips are available at http://www.nj.gov/faqs/drive/index.html.