Have you ever tried to drive south down the Garden State Parkway during rush hour in the summer? How about mid-day on a weekend? If so, you’ve probably spent hours sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and it doesn’t get much better once you’re off the parkway.

More cars on the road means more accidents, and at Judd Shaw Injury Law, your safety is important to us. Therefore, we have put together a list of tips for you to stay safe and out of traffic, and not to mention, we’ll get you to the beach quicker!

Tip #1 – Leave early (or late)

This may sound like a no-brainer, but the time you get on the road has a huge impact on your commute time. Be prepared for bumper-to-bumper traffic on Friday and Sunday afternoons and evenings. If you leave your house before 9 a.m. on either of these days, you will have a better chance of avoiding stopped traffic. If possible, leave even earlier, or wait until traffic clears and leave later. The key is having a plan – know when to go.

Tip #2 – Avoid Major highways

Most tourists use the Garden State Parkway to reach the shore. However, there is always a better route. If you find yourself slowing down, consider taking an earlier exit and finding an alternate route on the backroads. Specifically, avoid going southbound on the parkway from exit 98 to 91 and around exits 82 and 81, as you are most likely going to hit stopped traffic in those places. Also keep in mind that traffic on the parkway up north by Union County is often heavy.

Tip #3 – Carpool!

There is no better way to keep the roads clear than to carpool! If everyone driving down to the shore in the summer took this seriously, it would save a lot of time and ensure a safer commute for everyone on the road. You can also pay a lot less to park once you get there and split the price!

Tip #4 – Use a Reliable Traffic App

If you need a GPS to get to your destination, traffic apps such as Waze are the way to go! These apps will help you find the best route and get you to your destination in the least amount of time. If you are in stopped traffic on a highway, apps like these will guide you through the backroads!