What to do when you see a wrong-way driver
Even if you’ve never seen a wrong-way driver in your travels, that doesn’t mean it will never happen. And should that time ever come, Connecticut State Police want to be sure drivers know what to do.
First and foremost, state police said you should slow down and safely move away from the wrong-way driver as soon as possible.
If it can be avoided, do not slam on your brakes — especially if there is a car directly behind you. Avoid swerving until other lanes or off the road if it is not absolutely essential to ensure your safety.
In an effort to alert the wrong-way driver without doing anything unsafe, state police suggest you honk your horn, flash your headlights and put on your hazard lights.
“It’s possible that you may be able to make the wrong-way driver aware that they are traveling in the wrong direction,” state police said.
As soon as it is safe to do so, state police ask the driver to call 911 and report the wrong-way driver. The most helpful way to alert them to the driver’s location is to give a direction of travel and the closest exit. If possible, give police a description of the vehicle.
No matter what the circumstances, state police said you should never turn around and follow a wrong-way driver.
In order to be proactive, state police suggest driving on the furthermost right lane on the highway when driving at night — especially after midnight. State police said wrong-way drivers will often travel in the left lane, thinking they’re in the correct lane for their direction of travel.
State police also remind drivers that not all wrong-way drivers are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“Some wrong-way drivers may be experiencing a medical emergency, while others may be disoriented or confused by signage,” state police said.