Preventing Sideswipe Collisions

SKU: C-1077Duration: 12 Minutes

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Language:  English

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Course Details


Training Time: 12 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: Industry Standards and Best Practices

Languages: English

Have you ever noticed another vehicle drifting slowing across the lane line into your lane? Or perhaps your vehicle was the one unintentionally crossing the lane line into another lane? If so, you are not alone, this is a common sideswipe crash scenario. This course will identify potential hazards that may lead to sideswipe crashes and best practices for avoiding those hazards.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the types of sideswipe crashes
  • Identify potential hazards that may lead to sideswipe crashes
  • Identify strategies to prevent another vehicle from sideswiping you
  • Identify strategies to prevent you from sideswiping another vehicle

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What should you do if you see clues that a vehicle may cross into your lane?
Slow down and adjust your lane position to give the other vehicle more room.

What is the safest strategy if you are traveling on a narrow road and another vehicle approaches you from the opposite direction?
If you are traveling on a narrow road and another vehicle approaches you from the opposite direction, the safest strategy is to be patient. You should slow down or stop and let the approaching vehicle pass.

How soon before changing lanes should you activate your turn signal?
It is a good idea to activate your turn signal at least five seconds before attempting to change lanes.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

Sideswipe crashes occur for several different reasons and may involve multiple vehicles or only one vehicle hitting a fixed object. They may result from intentional lane changes when a driver misjudges a gap in traffic or because vehicles are in a blind spot. Sideswipes also occur when a driver unintentionally crosses a lane line because they are tired or distracted. Additionally, sideswipes may occur because of a sudden evasive maneuver in response to a surprise event, such as a vehicle suddenly braking in front of the driver. Overall, most sideswipe crashes are caused by inattention, poor visual scanning, and merging improperly.

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