"The head-on collision story I lived to tell."
A true story, told in her own words by a Young Drivers Graduate.
1 – Truck pulls out to pass on two-lane highway.
2 – I see on-coming truck.
3 – I put my right-side wheels onto the shoulder, leaving my left-side wheels on pavement.
4 – I look well ahead and maintain steady speed for control.
* Head-on collision would have happened here.
5 – I check to see road is clear.
6 – Danger past, I gradually pull back onto pavement.
"Back in July when I was taking my Young Drivers training in-car, my YD instructor taught me head-on collision avoidance.
I thought no way am I ever going to use this in my whole entire life!
But two weeks later I was driving home with my parents from dinner.
We were on a two-lane highway, and suddenly an on-coming transport truck came right out in front of us.
He wanted to pass a car and he had nowhere to go.
He kept on coming head-on, and right at that moment I registered in my memory what my YD instructor had taught me about head-on collision avoidance.
Basically, I just did what he had said.
I put two wheels on the shoulder of the road, and kept two wheels on the pavement.
I let the truck squeeze by me.
I checked to see if it was safe. And I moved back onto the road.
Needless to say, my parents were extremely impressed that I was very calm and collected.
Thanks, YD. You saved our lives.