What signs are indicative of potential head-on collisions?

Missouri drivers like you should be aware of the dangers of head-on collisions, which occur when cars heading in opposing directions hit each other. These accidents can be devastating, but there are often ways to spot them before they happen.

According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, there are three main causes of head-on collisions: distracted driving, impaired driving, or driving while tired. All of these can lead to sudden swerving or lane-drifting, which are the two biggest causes of head-on crashes. Fortunately, these sometimes come with signs that you can pick up on if you know what to look for. The signs can include weaving through lanes, drifting to the shoulder and making quick returns to the middle of the lane, tailgating, or changing speed suddenly. If you notice any of these signs, you should pull over to allow the driver to pass, if you are able to do so.

Unfortunately, other reasons for head-on collisions can be harder to spot. This includes:

  • Agitated driving
  • Cars going down the wrong way on a one-way street
  • Unsafe passing

Agitated driving in particular can take you by surprise. It can include speeding, waving through traffic and tailgating. If you notice these signs, you should also attempt to distance yourself from the driver as quickly and safely as you can. You may also want to report their license plate number to the police if you are able to get it, especially if they continue displaying aggressive or distracted behavior.

By keeping your eyes on the road closely at all times, you will likely be able to catch some of these signs. It might help prevent a head-on collision.


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