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Safety Tips For Dealing With A Wrong Way Driver

October 18, 2014 Hastings and Hastings

Safety Tips For Dealing With A Wrong Way Driver

It seems it happens more often than most people would imagine someone turns down a one-way street going against traffic. This is perhaps one of the most dangerous driving situations any safe driver can experience. The situation is even more troubling because it can happen at night or during the day and even in bad weather. With that said, there are some safety tips worth considering to better deal with wrong way drivers.

Detect The Wrong Way Driver

For example, one of the easiest ways to avoid the ravages of having to deal with a wrong way driver is to look as far down the road is possible when driving. This is a great way to detect a wrong way driver as early as possible as a way to take corrective action. Most importantly, if a wrong way driver is encountered it is best to swerve to the right. This is due to the fact a wrong way driver will typically stay in the left lane believing they are driving in the right direction because the lane moves faster.

One Of The Most Important Safety Features

Equally important is to always stay buckled up and keep seat belts securely fastened through all phases of travel in an automobile. This can help a driver better handle an encounter with a wrong way driver. Statistics show a large number of wrong-way crashes end up being head-on collisions. Safety belts are one of the most important safety features of any automobile and can help drivers better handle a direct head-on impact.

Driving On A One-Way Street

An equally important strategy when dealing with a wrong way driver is to make your automobile as visible and as noticeable as possible. This may include honking the horn, flashing lights and doing whatever else is necessary to get the driver’s attention. Letting the wrong way driver know they have made a mistake when they are driving on a one-way street can help to save lives and reduce injury. It is also important for drivers who encounter a wrong way driver to call 911 as soon as possible. Reporting this type of activity to police can also help to save lives and reduce injury. Contact Hastings & Hastings, a Phoenix accident attorney if you have been injured through no fault of your own.