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It's wrong to categorily deem head-on collisions as inavoidable. There is a series of precautions and moves to help avoid it. These moves can either prevent the collision or prevent it's disasterous outcomes (death or severe injury).

It's clear that all passengers of the car needs be carefully fastened with seatbelts and appropriate harnessing for children and animals. The car should be mechanically taken care of: Tires, Tire pressure, Dampers and Brakes. The driver should avoid driving on two-lane roadways in rush hours and where possible always prefer a highway over such a road.

On a two-lane roadway, maximum safety should be maintained by several measures. The first of which is driver's concentration. There should be no distractions inside the car, no talking on the phone and alike. The driver needs to be seated in a good position, which will improve alertness, reduce reaction times and maintain greater safety in a collision. Breaks should be taken roughly every hour in safe locations, segregated from the road.

The second means is speed: The speed should fit the conditions and never exceed the limit. Speeding on two-lane roadways is dangerous. The third means is road position: The position should be to the far right, rather than in the center of the lane. This clears a few crucial extra feet between yourself and oncoming traffic, and it helps cars behind you to overtake you.

The road position should also be adjusted to maintain a safe following distance from the car ahead and preferably from the car behind too. Another important thing is to use the car's light, even in the brightest day light. The exta visibility is very efficient when head-on collisions are regarded.

The driver should be looking FAR ahead. As far as the road stretches on towards the horizon or near bend. Looking further can help identify an erratic driver hundreds of feet earlier. Once a speeding or erratic driver is detected in the flow of oncoming traffic, slow down and stick far right, even over the right hard shoulder.

In roads with a "soft" gravel shoulder, beware of a car that seemed to have drifted right. A major cause of head-on collisions is drivers who veer right to the dirt, panic and pull left all too sharply or even slide. When you see this, excecute the same plan I described above.

If an oncoming driver does swerve towards you, slam on the brakes to wipe off as much speed as possible. The braking will wipe off speed and virtually grant you more time to plan your moves, and allow the oncoming driver to return to his/her lane, as well as reduce the consequences of the collision, should it occur. For it to be effective, the driver must practice emergency braking so he can slam on the brakes at once without hesitation. Hang onto the brakes for as long as possible and, if there is no other choice, veer right at the last possible moment.

Two-lane roadways are designed with enough room for at least four cars, not including a hard shoulder or a gravel shoulder, so it's fairly possible that you will manage to veer around the oncoming driver. This could be done if you practice avoidance braking in a defensive driving course and learn to evert your eyes from the oncoming car towards the escape route.

Even if there is not enough space, going right and off of the road is likely to result in a much sympethetic crash relative to hitting the oncoming car and, if you managed to wipe off some speed and if you drive a reasonably safe car, it shouldn't be a hard hit.

It's important not to try and veer left as this can lead to hitting another oncoming car, a car overtaken by the car in front of you, or even by the oncoming driver as he manages to get back to his lane.

Summary:
- Avoid two-lane roadways where possible

- Maintain the car for maximum braking force in the hour of need

- Maintain maximum concentration and take frequent breaks on two lane roadways

- Run with the lights on whenever driving in a two-lane roadway

- Stick to the far right end of the lane

- Maintain following distances from cars in front and behind
- Look far ahead and identify erratic drivers or drivers who have veered right and might make a panic swerve towards you.

- In such an event, slow down and move right over the hard shoulder

- If the car does swerve at you, brake as hard as possible at once and hang on to the brakes for as long as possible, up to the last possible second.

- If the driver in front does not move back into his lane, veer right around it or even off of the road to avoid hitting an oncoming driver. The key is to shake your head and shift your focus from the oncoming car to the escape route to the right. Avoid veering left.

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