A street might have 2 opposite flows of traffic. It is divided into 2 halves or 2 lanes. One half/lane allows traffic to move one direction and the other half/lane allows traffic to move the opposite direction.

But a street might just have 1 flow of traffic. All vehicles must move in that one direction.

On one lane, a vehicle must follow the direction of that lane.

How do we express a vehicle on a lane moves in a wrong direction?

Suppose you are driving your car on one lane of a street with 2 lanes. Another car that is also on the same lane as yours is moving towards you.

Is it correct to say "that car is going the opposite direction"?

That would be confused because the listeners might think that car is on the other lane of your lane.

  • Does this help?
    – Michael
    Oct 13, 2022 at 10:55
  • The situation you describe isn't quite clear. If two cars are going in opposite directions, one is heading north and the other south (for example). This is normal on a street that isn't one-way. Oct 13, 2022 at 12:49
  • @KateBunting, you can look at this picture vyha18.github.io/video/WrongDirec.png. If I drove like that I would get a fine for sure
    – Tom
    Oct 13, 2022 at 14:16
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    I wasn't sure whether you were talking about a two-way street or a one-way one with two lanes. The car that is going the wrong way is moving towards the other vehicles, not opposite them. Oct 13, 2022 at 14:31
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    We say vehicle in a lane, not on one.
    – Lambie
    Oct 13, 2022 at 16:18

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The car is driving (or being driven) the wrong way. The driver is a wrong-way driver.

Wiktionary wrong-way driver
"A driver who drives in the unpermitted direction, particularly on a highway."

A search on "wrong-way driver" will find many examples on Google.

I don't understand the word "offsite" in your question.

  • We even have red and white signs that let people know they have erred. google.com/…
    – EllieK
    Oct 13, 2022 at 12:22

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