....it was a proven fact that drivers would drift toward the lights instead of away from them. Alcohol/drugs just ad to the problem.
I read an article way back before the internet that a couple of shrinks did some research into that sort of thing.
Nobody could ever figure out why, when a driver accidently left the highway, he'd crash into the only lone tree by the roadside without another tree for miles.
They figured that in a "panic" situation, the driver would stare at the tree and "hope" he wouldn't hit it - but a driver will subconsciously steer/aim a vehicle wherever he's looking without even realizing it because it happens in split-seconds.
Therefore, the best bet is to try and look where you want the vehicle to go - ie: 10 or so feet away from the tree, or whatever. (if you can)
I explained all that to my kids when they were learning to drive. I hope it sank in.