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Facing a wrong-way driver

July 11 - 17, 2018

Drivers have been issued advice on what to do and how to stay safe should they ever encounter a wrong-way driver.

The first thing to do is slow down and safely move as far right, away from the wrong-way driver, as possible. If it can be avoided, do not slam on the brakes, especially if there is a car driving behind you.

Avoid swerving into other lanes or off the road if possible.

In an attempt to try to alert the wrong-way driver, motorists should honk their horn, flash their headlights and switch on their hazard lights.

“It’s possible that you may be able to get the driver’s attention and make them aware that they are travelling in the wrong direction,” a road safety expert said.

Call 999 as soon as it is safe to do so to report the wrong-way driver. Be sure to give your exact location, including direction of travel and the closest highway exit. If you’re able to, providing a description of the car will help police track it down.

Never turn around and follow the wrong-way driver.

After midnight, police encourages drivers to travel in the far right lane. Wrong-way drivers often travel in the left lane, thinking it’s the right lane for their direction of travel.

“Please remember, not all wrong-way drivers are under the influence,” the spokesman added.

“Some wrong-way drivers may be experiencing a medical emergency, while others may be disoriented or confused by signage.”

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