If you commute to work every day, you know that motor vehicle accidents are unfortunately very common. Keeping yourself safe on your way to and from your job is important, and while you cannot control other drivers’ behavior, improving your own driving safety is possible.
In 2019, there were 558 crash fatalities in 524 wrecks in New Jersey. No one wants to think about the possibility of a death caused by a car accident, but awareness and preparedness can help improve your commuting safety.
Choose a safe car
Some types of cars are safer to drive than others. For commuting, consider vehicles that have good ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Change your driving time
The risk of getting in a car accident is much higher during rush hour. If possible, change the times that you drive to and from work. Earlier in the morning and earlier in the afternoon are often less busy.
Invest in regular maintenance
A breakdown or flat tire can result in having to pull over to the side of a busy highway. You can avoid the headache of waiting for a tow truck or changing a tire while cars rush by when you give your vehicle regular maintenance.
Distracted drivers are one of the biggest causes of car accidents. Never text while driving, and avoid other distractions, such as eating, putting makeup on or watching videos.
Reducing your risk of serious injury or even death from a motor vehicle accident is possible when you commit to safe daily commuting behaviors.