Spotlight on Distracted Driving
Visit www.distraction.gov to learn more about the dangers of distracted driving and what the Department of Transportation is doing to help combat this serious issue.
Don't Veer for Deer
It's that time of year when drivers need to be cautious of deer. Hitting a deer not only can cause you serious injury, but cause major damage to your car as well. Here are some safety tips on how to help you avoid harm to yourself, your car and wildlife this season.
- Know when deer are most active, which is during the dawn and dusk hours. It is especially important to be cautious during these hours, since glare from the rising and setting sun can affect visibility.
- Pay attention to deer crossing signs, which are common roadside sights in areas where deer are known to have a large population. Also, please remember that deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others easily could be nearby.
- If a collision with a deer cannot be avoided, be sure to brake gently and hold the steering wheel tightly. Many accidents are caused when a car swerves into the opposite lane and collides with another vehicle while trying to avoid the deer.
- Deer are likely to dart into the road without any warning. Keeping to a moderate speed limit and staying alert and free of in-car distractions like cell phones means that you will be more likely to brake in time to avoid the deer altogether.
- Beware of other drivers. If you see other drivers ahead of you moving slowly or stopped, make sure to slow down. Drivers ahead of you may have spotted a deer or know where a deer is likely to cross. Be sure to follow their lead and exercise caution.
NJM has been committed to safety since the Company was formed in 1913. From our roots insuring New Jersey factory employees for workers' compensation, the Company has a long history of providing coverage to those who understand, appreciate and demonstrate the importance of safety in the car, at home and at work.
Much of the content has been provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Institute for Business and Home Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.