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Here’s yet another reason why it’s a good idea to have a dashcam. This driver purchased the camera only a day before it captured this insane moment in Tokoroa, New Zealand. Give this video a watch, and see just how quickly things have the potential to go wrong out on the roads.

As the clip starts, it’s pretty clear that the driver is headed down a two-way road. They maintain their lane, and travel along following the rules of the road. After a few seconds, we see an erratic driver come into frame that nearly slams head-on into the filming driver. I’m not exactly sure if this was a case of distracted driving or if the other motorist was just unaware that it was a two-lane road, but things almost got real ugly, real fast. This driver was so clueless, they didn’t even try to avoid the crash. They just kept traveling in the opposite lane of traffic.

Had it not been for this individual’s quick reflexes, who knows if either of these drivers would have made it out of this one? Fortunately, it appears the two cars miss each other by only a few inches. That’s one of those hardcore pucker moments, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the driver needed a change of pants after this near-death experience. The only upside to this is the fact that they got some use out of the brand-new dashcam. I’d say that was a pretty solid investment overall. No one ever wants to be in a position where they need a dashcam, but it’s moments like this that make you thankful to have one.

Hopefully, this was a wake-up call for the driver in the wrong lane. With two-way traffic, the importance of paying attention while driving is even more important than usual. Unnecessarily doing something like this only puts helpless drivers in danger. Be sure to keep your eyes on your surroundings.

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