Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Drunk Driving (DUI/DWI)

It’s a simple fact: drinking and driving kills people. Driving after drinking alcohol is known as Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

All 50 states have now set .08% Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) as the legal limit for Driving Under the Influence, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). For commercial drivers, a BAC of .04% can result in a DUI conviction nationwide. For those under 21, there is a zero tolerance limit; any amount of alcohol is grounds for a DUI arrest.

Following the set laws by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, instructors at Comfort Care Driving School ensure all students enrolled in our programs are educated on this. You may think you are alert, but the lives of other are at risk with you being on the road.

Being convicted of a DUI is a serious offense, carrying heavy penalties including:

Fines, fees and surcharges
License suspension
Ignition interlock device
Jail time
Community service

It’s also illegal to have an open container of alcohol in your car. If you’re transporting alcoholic beverages, they should be sealed and in the trunk.

In some cities, law enforcement officials set up sobriety checkpoints along the road to deter and identify impaired drivers. Checkpoints are typically set up during holiday weekends or on dates when there might be an increase in drinking and driving. If you’re stopped at a checkpoint, you’ll be asked several questions and might be asked to perform a sobriety test (like saying the ABC’s backwards, performing some physical movements or breathing into an alcohol sensor). If these tests show that you have high alcohol levels, the police may arrest you.

Officers may also perform field tests to ensure your safety on the road.

Remember it is all for your safety.


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General Driving Safety Tips

Driving Safety Tips

Some behind the wheel tips:

  • Children should not be allowed to fight or moving whilst the car is in motion. An accidental bump from them or too much noise could divert your attention from the road.
  • Cell phones/Smart Phones have become a very big distraction point for most drivers and you would want to avoid it whilst driving.
  • Avoid driving when you’re tired. Be aware that some medications can cause drowsiness and make operating a vehicle very dangerous.
  • Always use caution when changing lanes. Cutting in front of someone, changing lanes too fast or not using your signals may cause an accident or upset other drivers.
  • Take extra precautions while driving during holiday seasons.

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Remedial Driver Programs

Have you received tickets from the Police for a driving offence and received points on your license you may need to take the Driver Improvement Program (DIP) or Probationary Driver Program(PDP). Some people believe it is important to take this before going to courts for driving offence cases. Others with numerous points on their licenses choose to take this to allow the MVC to reduce the points on their license. Whatever your reason may be for this program we are here to ensure it comes to light.

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has to remedy programs for driver as stated above which include the Driver Improvement Program(DIP) and the Probationary Driver Program (PDP).
Driver Improvement Program- DIP

The Driver Improvement Program is a classroom course provided by approved New Jersey-licensed providers throughout the state. This program is offered in lieu of a 30-day suspension for drivers who accumulate 12 to 14 points in more than two years. More detailed information about the program is included in the Notice of Scheduled Suspension that you receive in the mail. Up to three points will be removed from your driving record if you successfully complete the program. A $75 Administrative Fee payable to the MVC is required prior to scheduling a class with a New Jersey licensed provider. Drivers will be required to pay an additional training fee to the provider for the classroom instruction.

Probationary Driver Program- PDP

Drivers that are issued a driver license permit for the first time are probationary drivers and will have to serve a two-year probationary period. While in the probationary period, drivers who are convicted of two or more moving violations with a total of four or more points, will receive a Fee Due notice to pay for and enroll in the Probationary Driver Program to correct improper or dangerous driving practices. This program is a four-hour classroom program provided by approved New Jersey-licensed providers throughout the state. Up to three points will be removed from your driving record if you successfully complete the program. A $75 Administrative Fee payable to the MVC is required prior to scheduling a class with a New Jersey-licensed provider. Drivers will be required to pay an additional training fee to the provider for the classroom instruction.

Warning

Following completion of the DIP or PDP class, you will receive a warning. Any motor vehicle violations committed within one year after completing the course will result in suspension. Failure to attend the program as scheduled is also cause for suspension.

 

Source : State Of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission


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Christmas Driving Safety

At Comfort Care Driving School, we strive to help New Jersey drivers of all ages learn simple tips to stay safe during the Holiday season and all year long. We understand that this time of year is both exciting and stressful for many people; regardless of whether you are planning a road trip to visit distant relatives or will be travelling exclusively within the Baltimore area. Following our Christmas Holiday Driving Tips could save your life or the life of another.

Give Yourself a Little Extra Time While Travelling

When you’re headed out to complete some Christmas shopping or are preparing for a long holiday trip, giving yourself a little extra time can provide a big payback when it comes to keeping everyone in your vehicle safe and peaceful. No one likes the feeling of rushing around, and the distractions this emotional state can create increase your chances of being involved in an auto accident.

On the contrary, when drivers feel relaxed, they are much less likely to take chances with aggressive driving moves, such as cutting another vehicle off. And since a relaxed driver is likely to have relaxed passengers, the whole trip, whether short or long, is likely to be a more enjoyable experience for all involved.

Use Extra Care When Watching Other Vehicles

While safe driving at any time of the year involves defensive driving skills including careful observation of what the drivers around you are doing, its important to use a little extra care during the holiday season. Since alcohol use tends to increase during this time of frequent social gatherings, it follows that the number of impaired drivers also increases, unfortunately. Give yourself extra room when turning or merging, and if you suspect drunk driving, report it to the police (after you have stopped your vehicle of course).

Keep Your Vehicle Running in Top Shape

Winter driving is harder on your vehicle in general, but keeping it running in top shape during the holiday season helps keep you and everyone else on the road safer. Be sure to have the following basic maintenance checks completed on a regular basis as well as immediately before leaving on a long trip:

Check and adjust the pressure on your tires if necessary. Be sure you have enough tire tread to safely grip the road; replacing old tires is a lot less expensive than accident damage. Don’t forget to check and maintain your spare as well.
Top off all vehicle fluids. Windshield cleaner can literally be a lifesaver during the winter months with the extra salt and grime on the roadways.
Make sure your brake pads have plenty of life remaining.
Stay up to date with oil changes to prevent engine problems.

Tie That Christmas Tree Securely to Your Roof

For those of you who’ll be brightening your home with a fresh Christmas tree, bring along extra rope to ensure that your tree is very securely attached to your vehicle’s roof. Highway speeds have a way of working knots and ropes loose, placing other driver’s at risk if extra care is not used to get those ropes good and tight. And if you have any doubt about whether or not you can safely transport a tree with your vehicle, don’t. Its far better to locate a friend with a truck or other larger vehicle than to take a chance that can cost one or more precious lives.

Take a Defensive Driving Course

At Comfort Care Driving School, we believe all driver’s are responsible for helping keep New Jersey’s roadways safe. Taking a defensive driving course will not only help you become a safer driver, but may make you eligible for an insurance discount. Check with your provider and give us a call today.


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