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  1. Gina Yeatman says:

    HI Scott,
    This is awesome! Pardon my ignorance, but this is your blog, right? I just came from meeting about setting up our own blogs, twitter and facebook pages…I’m slowly learning as I go.

  2. Wilk says:

    Awesome article! You are absolutely right. I do want to make the point that no one should cross the center line to avoid a collision unless there is absolutely now other way out.

    1. if you cross center and there is a collision, you are at fault – “he was in my lane” is not an excuse.

    2. If the driver in your lane cuts back into his, there will be a collision, you are at fault!

    3. wear your seatbelts at all times!

    I’m a survivor of a horrific head-on where the driver of the other car fell asleep and was in our lane. The offset head-on crushed the passenger side, I was the passenger. Took the rescue squad an hour and a half to cut me out.

    Take these tips to heart and remember them! Avoiding the jaws of life is a good thing.

  3. Jenn Jilks says:

    Excellent post. Great blog. Cindy Smith sent me over!

  4. Astraist says:

    One note: The solution of veering right, as you suggest, is effective when there is sufficient space to the right and the situation is detected early enough. There are other situations where the driver should take a different approach: Once an oncoming driver is detected, the driver should brake hard and stick right as possible. Hang on to the brakes for as long as possible to reduce speed and allow the oncoming driver to make it back to his or her lane.

    If this solution does not work (and in a great deal of cases it does work) the solution is to veer right “at the last possible second” as to try and get around the oncoming driver or at least hit something stationary alongside the road. This hit is going to be much softer than hitting an oncoming car, and is not likely to cause serious injury. Veering left is dangerous, should the other driver make it back to his lane or because you might hit another driver behind him or the driver he is overtaking.

    • safedriver says:

      Thanks for your comment. One thing that needs to considered is the reaction of the oncoming driver. If you wait until the last possible moment to move to the right, so will they. If their lane is blocked by the driver they are passing, the only other option for them is to the open shoulder. By you moving over sooner, rather than later, you’re also communicating to that driver you’re helping them by creating space.

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