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Tips On Ways To Avoid Becoming The Wrong Way Driver

October 17, 2014 Hastings and Hastings

Tips On Ways To Avoid Becoming The Wrong Way Driver

Drivers that turn down a one-way street heading into oncoming traffic cause serious injury and loss of life accidents on a daily basis across the country. While there are many strategies for drivers who are driving in the right direction to handle an oncoming car driving the wrong way, it is also important for safe drivers to ensure they do not become the wrong-way driver.

Wrong Way Driving Related Accident

For example, one of the easiest ways to ensure you do not become a wrong way driver is to stay “situation-aware” of your surroundings. When driving along a road it is important to always monitor road signs for possible one-way roads and the associated signage. This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to prevent the dangers of becoming involved in a wrong way driving related accident. In almost every instance, signage is clearly marked indicating a one-way road is being approached. Other markings include a red “wrong-way” sign that makes it clearly obvious a one-way road is ahead.

Road-Reflectors Used On A One-Way Road

Equally important is to use road reflectors as a good indicator a road is indeed one way. For example, if red road reflectors are identified it is important to stop immediately and turn around. There is an important distinction between the road-reflectors used on a one-way road. When driving on a one-way road in the right direction the road reflectors will be dual colored as in white and yellow. This is a clear indication that you are driving in the right direction. Conversely, when red road reflectors are noticed it is clear and obvious that you are going the wrong way.

Knowledgeable Of Road Signs

Wrong way driver related accidents cause injury and loss of life each and every day. That is why it is so important to pay particular attention to this aspect of safe driving. Being alert, being aware and being knowledgeable of road signs can go a long way in preventing a wrong way driving related accident. These basic strategies along with always wearing seatbelts and never driving impaired can serve to greatly enhance driver safety and reduce the likelihood of an accident or injury. Contact Hastings & Hastings today for a Phoenix personal injury attorney if you have been involved in some type of automobile related accident.