NJ Press Releases

Distraction tops list of growing dangers on the road

Florham Park, N.J., March 29, 2018 — Distracted driving tops the list of growing dangers on the road, according to a new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The annual Traffic Safety Culture Index shows that 88 percent of motorists believe distracted driving is on the rise, ahead of other risky behaviors like aggressive driving, drivers using drugs, and drunk driving. The number of drivers who report using a cellphone behind the wheel has jumped 30 percent since 2013. Nearly half of drivers rep...Read More

AAA: Drowsy driving crashes happen eight times more often than federal estimates

Florham Park, NJ, February 8, 2018 — The most in-depth drowsy driving research ever conducted in the U.S., using footage of everyday drivers, found that the percentage of crashes involving drowsiness is nearly eight times higher than federal estimates indicate, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The difficultly in detecting drowsiness following a crash makes drowsy driving one of the most underreported traffic safety issues. The new research provides an unprecedented analysis of in-vehicle vid...Read More

New Jersey Move Over Law, Fact vs. Fiction

84% of NJ Motorists say they know about the law, but almost 60% of Emergency responders don’t believe they do.  Florham Park , NJ, January 11, 2017- As the saying goes, there are two sides to every story, and somewhere in the middle is the truth.  In this case, AAA took a look at two vastly different perspectives regarding compliance with the New Jersey Move Over law – which requires motorists to move over or slow down when an emergency vehicle is on the shoulder. In two recent polls, the AAA C...Read More

AAA: Keep calm and drive on. Don’t let road rage turn your holidays into a holi-daze

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., December 22, 2017 — The holidays bring joy and cheer, but they can also lead to increased stress and aggression behind the wheel. According to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year. Approximately eight million U.S. drivers engaged in more extreme examples of road rage, including purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out to the car to confront an...Read More

AAA: 2.6 million New Jerseyans to celebrate holidays away from home

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., December 20, 2017 — AAA forecasts 107 million people, including 2.6 million in New Jersey, will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This is the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year. 2017 marks the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end holiday travel. Since 2005, total year-end holiday travel volume has grown by 21.6 million, an increase of more than 25 percent. The year-end ho...Read More

90 Percent of Senior Drivers Don’t Make Vehicle Adjustments That Can Improve Safety

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., November 29, 2017 — Nearly 90 percent of older drivers do not make inexpensive adaptations to their vehicles that can improve safety and extend their time behind the wheel, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Common vehicle adaptations like pedal extensions, seat cushions and steering wheel covers can help improve safety by reducing a senior driver’s crash risk. Seniors aged 65 and over are more than twice as likely as younger drivers to be killed when involved ...Read More

AAA: Nearly 1.3 million New Jerseyans expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., November 20, 2017 — AAA forecasts 50.9 million Americans, including nearly 1.3 million in New Jersey, will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways than last year, an increase of 3.3 percent. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005, when 58.6 million traveled. The 2017 Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November ...Read More

New vehicle infotainment systems increasingly distract drivers

Florham Park, N.J., October 5, 2017 — New vehicle infotainment systems take drivers’ eyes and attention off the road and hands off the wheel for potentially dangerous periods of time, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers using in-vehicle technologies like voice-based and touch screen features were visually and mentally distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message. Looking away from the road for just two sec...Read More

Truck Safety Technology Can Prevent 63,000 Crashes Each Year

FLORHAM PARK. (Sept. 25, 2017)- Equipping large trucks with advanced safety technologies has the potential to prevent up to 63,000 truck related crashes each year, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In 2015, large trucks were involved in more than 400,000 crashes that resulted in more than 4,000 deaths and 116,000 injuries -- a four percent increase from 2014. AAA recommends that all large trucks, both existing and new, get equipped with cost effective technologies that improve safet...Read More

AAA: Harvey Leads to Gas Price Surge

Florham Park, N.J., September 5, 2017 — The impact of Hurricane Harvey is being felt at gas pumps across the nation, and New Jersey drivers are paying on average 40 cents more than they did just a week ago, according to AAA Northeast. AAA’s September 5th survey of fuel prices found the current New Jersey average to be $2.79, up from $2.39 last Monday. Today’s average price is 36 cents higher than a month ago ($2.43) and 79 cents higher than one year ago ($2.00). Nationally, the average price for a gal...Read More