Street Survival - Advanced Defensive Driving

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Oncoming (Road)

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☠️ Here we scrutinize scenarios where a vehicle travels head-on into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

What makes this situation more fatal than other impacts is the combined speed of the vehicles involved.

Because of the lethal nature of this scenario, the videos have been broken down into finely grained classifications.

? Questions:

Dangers Road Oncoming

Wrong Direction

We have a look at where vehicles travel the wrong direction down a road.

Wrong Lane

For a variety of reasons, vehicles on the opposite side of the road may be forced into the path of the oncoming lane. Some of these reasons are examined below.

Blowout

The bursting tire of a vehicle can redirect its path into oncoming traffic.

Bump

An oncoming vehicle is bumped by another vehicle on its side of the road, which changes its trajectory into the opposite side of the road.

Impact

Impacting another vehicle or object can force a vehicle into the path of oncoming traffic.

Oblivious

The mind of a driver is not focused on the task at hand and consequently is unaware of drifting onto the wrong side of the road.

Overtaking

Lack of thinking ability and/or a careless attitude in connection with when and how to overtake puts innocent lives at risk.

See Overtaking for further dangers.

Sliding

Vehicles are thrown into a slide due to a number of causes. This section determines what those causes are and how dangerous a vehicle out of control is.

For more information on Sliding in the context of Defensive Driving.

Swerving

A driver swerves to avoid colliding with the vehicle ahead, however then intrudes into the path of oncoming traffic, which in most cases is the worse option.

? Does oncoming traffic have to stop for a school bus?

Yes, in many countries, oncoming traffic is required to stop for a school bus that has stopped to pick up or drop off children. This rule is implemented to ensure the safety of students who are boarding or leaving the bus.

The specific regulations regarding stopping for a school bus can vary depending on the jurisdiction, so it's important to familiarize yourself with the laws in your specific area. In general, when a school bus displays its stop sign and activates its flashing red lights, it indicates that children are entering or exiting the bus. At this point, vehicles traveling in both directions are typically required to come to a stop until the bus resumes motion and turns off its flashing lights.

Violating these school bus stop laws can result in serious penalties, including fines and license suspension, as it puts the lives of children at risk. It's essential to exercise caution and obey the traffic laws when encountering a stopped school bus.

? Does oncoming traffic have to stop for an ambulance?

Yes, in most jurisdictions, oncoming traffic is required to yield and make way for an approaching ambulance with its lights and sirens activated. When an ambulance is responding to an emergency, it is given priority on the road to ensure the prompt and safe transport of patients to medical facilities.

When you see or hear an ambulance approaching from the opposite direction, you should immediately take appropriate action to yield the right of way. This typically involves pulling over to the side of the road and stopping until the ambulance has passed. It is important to create a clear path for the ambulance to proceed without obstruction.

Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle like an ambulance can result in serious consequences, as it can delay critical medical assistance and potentially endanger the lives of those in need. Always be attentive and follow the local traffic laws regarding yielding to emergency vehicles to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone on the road.

? Does oncoming traffic have to stop for a funeral procession?

The rules regarding funeral processions can vary depending on the jurisdiction and local regulations. In some areas, oncoming traffic may be required to yield or show respect to a funeral procession, while in others, there may be no specific legal requirement for oncoming traffic to stop or yield.

In general, funeral processions are given a certain level of courtesy and respect on the road. It is common practice for vehicles in a funeral procession to travel together in a convoy with their hazard lights on, led by a hearse or designated vehicle. Other drivers on the road often yield to the procession out of respect or as a gesture of courtesy.

If you encounter a funeral procession while driving, it is advisable to exercise caution and be respectful. Pay attention to any instructions or signals from police officers or funeral escorts who may be assisting with the procession. It's always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the specific laws and customs regarding funeral processions in your local area, as they can vary.

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