<![CDATA[North Jersey Driving School of Hunterdon - Blog]]>Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:51:11 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Deer crashes]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://hunterdondrivingschool.com/blog/deer-crashes
Living in Hunterdon and Warren Counties poses a hazard that city drivers do not have to contend with.

If you drive in the area you will undoubtedly see a deer crossing or one that has been hit on the side of road.

There is an estimated 26,000 deer crashes yearly in New Jersey.

Although deer can cross the road anytime any day the peak mating season has the most activity which is October to mid December, early mornings and sunset.

What can you do to avoid a deer strike:
  • Scan around especially in wooded areas.
  • Deer stay in groups, if you see one there is likely more to follow.
  • At night use your high beams when possible.
  • Blow you horn if you see a deer on the side of the road.
  • Do not rely on products like deer whistles, they have been proven ineffective.
  • Do not go around a deer standing in the roadway, stop and wait.
What to do if it is inevitable you will hit the deer:
  • Most important is DON'T SWERVE. You can run into a ditch, hit a tree, pole or guardrail and cause more damage and significant injuries. You are better off to hit a softer object with the deer than a solid one.
  • Brake firmly. Just before impact, take your foot off the brake so the nose of the car will come back reducing the risk of the deer smashing through your windshield.
You will never get a ticket or insurance points/penalties for hitting a deer in the roadway. However if you drive off the road and lose control it will become a different matter.

<![CDATA[NJ Real ID postponed]]>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:41:12 GMThttp://hunterdondrivingschool.com/blog/nj-real-id-postponedNew Jersey has gotten another extension to comply with the new Federal mandate for secure driver's license.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced last week that New Jersey was one of 17 states to receive an extension until October of 2018 to meet the requirements of the Real ID act.

Real ID establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver's licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the act's minimum standards such as boarding an airplane.

<![CDATA[NJ Drivers License new expiration]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://hunterdondrivingschool.com/blog/nj-drivers-license-new-expirationThe NJ State Senate voted 39-0 today to give final legislative approval to a bill that would change the expiration date for New Jersey driver's licenses. 

Currently, licenses expire on the last day of the month every four years. Under the new law it would expire on your birthday every four years. 

The bill now heads to Gov. Christie who will then decide whether to sign or veto it. He is likely to sign it as it
will cut down down on long wait times at Motor Vehicle offices.

<![CDATA[Dangerous Driving Hotline #77]]>Fri, 07 Apr 2017 01:58:27 GMThttp://hunterdondrivingschool.com/blog/dangerous-driving-hotline-77The State of New Jersey officials announced today they were relaunching the state's aggressive driving hotline, known as #77, as a "dangerous driving" hotline to take calls reporting impaired, distracted or reckless driving on the road.

State Police are encouraging drivers who observe dangerous driving to call #77, where a dispatcher will take down information including the make, model and color of the car as well as its license plate number.
<![CDATA[U Text U Drive U Pay Enforcement]]>Sat, 01 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://hunterdondrivingschool.com/blog/u-text-u-drive-u-payU Drive - U Text - U Pay is a national campaign centered on aiding law enforcement officers in their efforts to keep distracted drivers off the road. Distracted driving is a first offense in many states and continues to gain recognition across the nation as a deadly problem.

Locally many towns including Clinton and Readington Township Police will be participating in a statewide crackdown on Distracted Driving April 1st to April 21st 2017.

Clinton Twp. was the only department in Hunterdon County to receive a $5,500 grant for targeted enforcement. by the NJ Div. of Highway Traffic Safety.

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on New Jersey's roadways, being cited as a major contributing factor in over 817,000 motor vehicle crashes in the state from 2010 to 2014. Nationwide 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2014 alone.

To Combat these troubling statistics, law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey will be using a combination of traditional and innovated strategies to crack down on motorists who test and drive. This effort is a part of the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. high-visibility enforcement (HVE) campaign that combines periods of intense anti-texting enforcement coupled with advertising and media outreach to let people know about the enforcement and convince them to obey the law. U Drive. U Text. U Pay enforcement strategies include roving police patrols, spotters on highway overpasses and stationary police vehicles prominently placed at strategic locations

For more information please visit www.Distraction.gov
<![CDATA[Mandatory features on new cars]]>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://hunterdondrivingschool.com/blog/mandatory-features-on-new-carsAll new cars must include a backup camera by May 2018. That's the latest from the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the US Department of Transportation.

All new cars will include Automatic Emergency Braking  (AEB) as a standard by September 2022.

AEB helps with reducing the severity or preventing a crash altogether. It does so by using sensors to detect an imminent crash and in the event the driver doesn't react quickly enough the AEB will stop the car automatically.

<![CDATA[Your car color makes a difference]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://hunterdondrivingschool.com/blog/your-car-color-makes-a-differenceChoosing the color of your car can make a difference in being involved in a crash.

According to numerous safety studies, BLACK cars are about 50% more prone to getting in vehicular crashes.
Studies have found black cars were repeatedly involved in more collisions than other colors.

On the contrary, WHITE vehicles seem to be the safest cars, as they stand out the most, especially at night. Other notably safe colored autos are yellow and gold. Many firefighting trucks are in fact painted yellow, so they are more visible to motorists and thus reduce collisions.

So now that you know black automobiles are more likely to get into a collision, you might be curious why. The answer is somewhat simple. Black cars are just plain harder to see than white ones, especially at night time. Black autos do not contrast as well with the road color, which is often black, in addition to other background colors. This often results in split second mistakes that can cause a smash up.

At night, the black colored vehicle might blend in too well with the surrounding background, that it might almost seem invisible if it is moving slowly or stopped. While it is safer to drive a black vehicle in the daytime, they still get into more accidents, even with the extra visibility.

<![CDATA[Fatal crashes increase in 2016]]>Mon, 30 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://hunterdondrivingschool.com/blog/fatal-crashes-increase-in-2016607 people died in traffic accidents on New Jersey's roadways last year, 8% more than in 2015 and the most deaths seen since 2011, according to preliminary State Police statistics. After dropping to a 20-year low in 2013 when 542 people died  in crashes and collisions, the fatalities have been steadily climbing.

Of the 607 people who died in 2016, more than half, 333, were behind the wheel; 167 were pedestrians, 89 were passengers and 18 were on bicycles, according to the state police information

<![CDATA[Fatalities in teen crash climb]]>Wed, 12 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMThttp://hunterdondrivingschool.com/blog/fatalities-in-teen-crash-climbThe number of fatal crashes involving teenage drivers spiked nearly 10% last year as teens were found to be speeding or distracted by cellphones or other passengers according to safety studies released yesterday.

Teens are 1.6 times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than adults.

A survey in August of driving instructors by AAA revealed speeding, distractions by talking on cell phone or with other passengers and poor scanning of the road were the top three mistakes teens make.

To reduce those risks, AAA recommends at least 50 hours of practice driving for teens, only one non-family passenger riding along during the first six months with a license and a ban on wireless devices in the car.

<![CDATA[Back up cameras/sensors at road tests]]>Thu, 08 Sep 2016 23:12:46 GMThttp://hunterdondrivingschool.com/blog/back-up-camerassensors-at-road-testsIt is official, as of August 31, 2016 - Backup cameras and parking sensors that have been installed on a motor vehicle will now be permitted to be used during a road test.