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Avoid collisions during travel with these 3 tips

The summer is just around the corner, and with it comes an increased risk of getting into a crash. There are plenty of people who will travel to New Jersey at this time of year as we inch toward summer. You might be traveling for your vacation “down the Shore” or to visit friends and family, too.

With so many people on the roads, it’s not surprising that there is a risk of getting into a crash. Fortunately, there are a few tips you can follow to protect yourself and your family when you’re heading out on the highways or local roads.

1. Give yourself plenty of time for travel

One of the easiest ways to keep yourself and others safer on the roads is to make sure you’re not rushing. Speeding is a common cause of traffic accidents, so if you want to avoid them, make sure you’re slowing down and taking your time reaching your destination. It might take a little longer to get where you want to go, but it’s worth the time to make sure you’re not involved in a crash. On top of that, reduced speeds lower the risk of serious injuries or death.

2. Have maintenance performed on your vehicle

The next step is to make sure your vehicle has been well-maintained before heading out on a long trip. Get your oil changed, check fluid levels and make sure the tires have the appropriate amount of tread. Doing this increases the likelihood that your vehicle won’t suddenly break down or be difficult to control.

3. Have rules for people in your vehicle

Finally, make sure you have rules for the way people behave inside your vehicle. It’s dangerous for people to yell or scream, to be out of their seats or to take off their seat belts. The best thing to do is to have rules requiring everyone to stay buckled up and to speak quietly unless there is an emergency, so that you, the driver, can pay attention to the road and not the things happening inside the vehicle. If there is an emergency, pull over to the side of the road.

These are three tips to help you avoid trouble when you’re driving in the summer. Do all you can to make this trip as safe as possible, so you and your passengers can get to your destination and enjoy your plans away from home.

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