The most common fatal accidents are exactly the oncoming collision.
About why they happen and how to prevent the tragedy told on his page on Facebook, First Deputy head of patrol police Department Alex Beloshitskiy.
Danger to drivers and passengers is very high even at low speed. But when that accident happens on the highway at speeds over 100 km/h, chances of survival decrease significantly.
How to avoid a head-on collision
What are the most common causes of head-on collision?
Overtaking violation of the rules. Or “let slip”. Inexperienced or overconfident drivers often overestimate the capabilities of equipment and the required distance to the approaching car and do not have time to complete the maneuver. There’s also a separate caste of “entourage” – those who go with the expectation: “I left, then he (counter) slow down”.
Gadgets. Or “Very necessary to respond to SMS”. Here everything is clear. It would seem, for a moment looked at the screen, and there is already in the oncoming lane…
Sleep. Or “make it another 50km”. A lot of drivers ignore the rest and do not listen to your body while driving a car. Well, because there is still 50km. I still need half an hour early to be… falling Asleep behind the wheel and go into the oncoming lane, where moving the driver who does not expect such a situation!
What to do:
As a driver – always watch out for health. If you manifest any symptoms of fatigue: yawning, “sand in the eyes”, weakness, drowsiness – stop and rest. When you go to sleep, you will not notice.
Don’t do marathons. Trying to get to your destination quickly, many do not make stops, except for very necessary. Monotonous long control adds fatigue. Try to stop at least every 200 km. to relax and to walk at least 5 minutes.
Do not make the overtaking vehicle if you do not see what lies ahead.For example, on turns, climbs and so on. In most places it is against the road signs and markings but, unfortunately, not always it stops…
Don’t go out into the overtaking lane behind the car that is already overtakes. You don’t see that happening in the front car which moves in front of you. Don’t count on the fact that the driver performing the overtaking ahead of you will be thinking about you and will leave you enough time and space to return to your lane.
Never count on the “slip” or “let counter slows down a bit”. The meeting can go as stubborn or inexperienced driver.
Move, if possible, in the extreme right lane. And not only because it is required by traffic regulations, but also because if someone jumped out on an oncoming lane (your), you will have more time to react to avoid a collision.
Do not be distracted by the gadgets. This is a good place to focus attention. According to many studies, distractions while driving (distracted driving) a leader as a prerequisite to an accident. In some foreign countries even identified as the greatest problem in the fight against accidents. Remember that if you are distracted for 2 seconds at speed 100km/h – you drove 55.5 metres blind. The text, however important, was not, is not worth your life or the lives of others. May be wrong not only you, but the other driver. Always keep this in mind.