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Avoiding Head-On Crashes

Stay alert and in your lane

Head-on-crashes — crashes in which the fronts of two vehicles collide — are some of the most dangerous types of collisions because they are often fatal.

See also: Basic Safe Driving Tips

Most head-on crashes are likely to result from a motorist falling asleep, being distracted or traveling too fast in a curve. There may be other contributing factors, such as alcohol use or speeding.

If an oncoming vehicle veers into your lane for any reason, slow down immediately and blow your horn. Be prepared to get out of the way, drive off the road or stop.

Safe Strategy Reminders

  • Drive only when you are alert and sober.
  • Use your seat belt.
  • Avoid, whenever possible, driving in challenging weather or road conditions.
  • Scan the road ahead for hazards. Anticipate where problems might occur.
  • Stay well centered in your lane, where oncoming traffic is less likely to stray, and where you can get to the shoulder or side of the road more quickly. On multilane roads, the right lane is the safest lane.
  • Obey speed limits. You will have more time to react to a hazard and, should a collision occur, it will not be as damaging at a lower speed.

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