Safety Center

Take the Pledge to "Just Drive"

During the holidays, distracted driving is more prevalent due to increased travel, stress, and driver fatigue. Distracted driving is responsible for more than 390,000 injuries and 3,500 deaths every year. We can all do our part to end distracted driving by making the commitment to Just Drive. NJM will donate $1 to your state’s (NJ, PA and CT only) brain injury organization for every pledge we receive. Also, as a thank you, when you take the pledge, you automatically will be entered to win one of three NJM gift packs (includes an Apple iPad, NJM roadside emergency kit, and NJM backpack).* Visit us at justdrive.njm.com/pledge to take the pledge today!

Here are eight tips to help avoid distracted driving.

  1. Make sure children and pets are properly secured in their seats before driving

  2. If you need to tend to a child or pet, adjust controls, or send a text, pull over and park in a safe spot

  3. Never text or read a text while driving

  4. Place your phone on airplane or Do Not Disturb mode, or use an app that silences calls and texts while your car is moving

  5. Stay alert. If you're tired, pull over somewhere safe to rest

  6. Set up music selections on your radio or streaming device before you drive

  7. Program your GPS ahead of time and only use voice-activated

  8. Avoid eating, searching for items, or anything that could divert your eyes from the road

References

  1. The National Safety Council Ending Distracted Driving is Everyone's Responsibility www.nsc.org
  2. Governor's Highway Safety Association 10 Tips for Managing Driver Distraction www.ghsa.org

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Just Drive Pledge Drawing is open to residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut who are 15 years of age or older. NJM will donate up to $5,000 to the brain injury organization in each of those three states. Drawing begins on November 16, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2020. Full Drawing rules are available at justdrive.njm.com/pledge/official-rules.

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