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Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

March 16, 2011

This week's tip, taken from the New York DMV's Driver's Manual, concerns what actions a driver can take to avoid a collision after spotting another vehicle approaching head-on in the same lane. It's a nightmarish scenario that requires quick responses. You may want to pass this along to your fleet drivers as a friendly reminder. 

  • Slow down and pull over to the right.
  • Sound your horn to alert the other driver.
  • Do not swing over to the left lane. If you do, the other driver may suddenly recover and pull back into that lane too, causing a head-on collision. 

A head-on crash typically occurs when a vehicle crosses a centerline or a median and crashes into an approaching vehicle. But a head-on crash can also occur when a driver knowingly or unknowingly travels the wrong way in a traffic lane.

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