If I slow down I'm there longer, it's pretty simple. It's a good way to get rear ended too. The OP didn't do the crashing, he asked what "we" would have done, there is always another way to do something...that's why he asked, duh. I had a big rig come over the center divider almost right on top of me last summer, I reacted and made it through the debris field with only one chunk of concrete to the foot, looked down at the speedo and I had actually sped up, never touched the brakes...if I had grabbed brakes I would have been run over from behind. I am that good.