At about 1:30 AM on February 20, a New York man was killed on Interstate 80 in Saddle Brook when a wrong-way driver crashed head-on into the man’s vehicle. The other driver could face criminal charges as well as charges of driving while intoxicated. Because head-on collisions are some of the most deadly of car crashes, understanding how to avoid them is important.
- Be an alert driver. Put away cell phones and other devices that may distract you from driving. A distracted driver may unintentionally veer into on-coming traffic.
- When driving in an unfamiliar area, notice and obey one-way signs. If you unintentionally turn down a one-way street the wrong way, get turned around as quickly as possible.
- When a vehicle is driving directly toward you, slow down and, if possible, swerve to the right to avoid a head-on collision. Having your vehicle sideswiped is better than being hit head-on.
- When traveling on a narrow two-way road or when taking a sharp corner, make sure you stay in your own lane. During the winter, it is especially important to slow down before taking a sharp curve. If the road is icy and you are going too fast for the road conditions, you may end up sliding into the other lane.
- On narrow or icy curves, you may also want to avoid taking a curve at the same time as a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. This will mean looking ahead, and if you see another vehicle approaching the curve, slowing down just enough to allow that vehicle to complete the turn before you arrive at the curve. That way if either of you cross the center line, you will not collide.