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Low daylight conditions lead to more animal-related crashes

While motorists may gain an extra hour of sleep with the end of daylight saving time, they'll have to watch out more for wildlife on New Jersey roadways. The return of standard time falls during mating season for many of these animals, and heightened animal activity levels between dusk and dawn can pose particular dangers for drivers as they make their daily commutes.

The dangers of driving near home

Since people usually drive near where they live, it makes sense that most crashes occur within 25 miles of the home. However, it is also easy to get complacent after taking the same route multiple times. This can lead to tuning out and making mistakes. New Jersey residents might like to know how to stay safe when driving familiar routes.

Daytime running lights may help to reduce accidents

Many New Jersey motorists are seriously injured in car accidents that happen during the daytime hours. Research demonstrates that fewer people would be involved in accidents during the day if everyone used their headlights every time they drove.

Car crash avoidance technologies can work, research finds

New Jersey drivers could be safer with the widespread use of collision avoidance technologies, the results of a study indicate. Research by the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety shows that systems like lane departure warning signals and blind spot alerts can help to seriously cut the rate of car accidents and especially those that cause injuries.

Electric shock device could help drivers stay awake

Although New Jersey motorists may be aware of the dangers of drunk driving, many may not realize that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous. In fact, it is estimated that falling asleep at the wheel is the cause of thousands of fatal accidents around the country each year. While some people who regularly drive while drowsy rely on coffee and loud music to keep them awake, others are looking for a more permanent solution to the problem.

Report examines vehicles with most and fewest driver deaths

New Jersey motorists who drive pickup trucks, SUVs or minivans might be safer than drivers in other types of vehicles according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The report found that on average, from 2011 to 2014, there were 30 driver deaths for every million vehicle registrations. However, for pickups, that number dropped to 26. SUVs had 21 driver deaths and minivans had 19. The highest fatality rate for drivers was in passenger cars at 39.

Children and Falls Leading to Serious Head Injuries

Children are taught early in life about falling, and are even warned about hitting their heads. Unfortunately, it's only the monkeys jumping on the bed that gets by with a mere scolding from the doctor. What most kids aren't taught is the potentially devastating effects of a fall, or that traumatic brain injuries change the lives of millions of real children -- not just characters in storybooks.

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