Posted in New Jersey, tagged AAA, driving safety, potholes on March 23, 2009 |
SPRINGFIELD—Spring is here but winter definitely left its mark on our roadways. Driving while dodging potholes can often resemble a ski slalom. It’s impossible to avoid all potholes, but swerving around them can do more damage if you’re involved in a crash. AAA New Jersey offers the following advice on how to properly hit a pothole and minimize damage.
Always have the proper pressure in your tires – it can make all the difference when you hit a pothole. With an under-inflated tire, you risk bending a wheel or damaging a steering or suspension component. With an over-inflated tire, you might damage the tire itself. AAA recommends checking the tire pressure every two weeks during the spring.
“The wide variation in spring temperatures – warm days and chilly nights – not only contributes to the creation of potholes, but can affect your tire pressure too,” explains Mike Coppola, an ASE-certified master mechanic and general manager of the AAA Car Care Center in Springfield.
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TRENTON – Citing the need to better educate new drivers who may have hit their first “bump in the road,” New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sharon A. Harrington unveiled a newly overhauled Probationary Driver Program (PDP) curriculum today. The PDP is mandated for new (probationary) drivers who are convicted of two or more moving violations totaling four or more points in their first two years of driving.
New drivers who are remanded to the PDP must successfully complete the four-hour program that provides up to a three-point reduction on the driver’s record. Any driver who fails to complete the program is suspended indefinitely. A driver who completes the program and who commits a violation within one year after finishing the program will have his or her driving privilege suspended for 45 – 90 days. The new PDP curriculum covers a variety of important topics, including Graduated Driver License rules and restrictions, aggressive driving, distractions, driving under the influence and penalties such as surcharges and suspensions.
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