Though a drive in the countryside provides beautiful scenery, rural roads are potentially the deadliest. Rural driving can present hazards for motorists, such as narrow roads, unexpected turns, dips and other distractions. Combine this with high-speed driving and sharing the roads with slow-moving farm machinery, and it is easy to see that accidents can occur. Whether you’re a native of a rural area or rarely acquainted, it is important to know how to stay safe on country roads.
“If you are used to driving in busy metropolitan areas, rural roads may seem almost harmless; however, there are many dangers associated with driving on back roads.”
Speed limits, not targets
Those who frequently drive in urban areas may be familiar with driving at the speed limit. Rural roads require different driving skills because there are many changing conditions. You should be aware of road signs that warn of upcoming sharp bends. Assess your speed and adjust it accordingly when you see a bend. Easing off the accelerator earlier is a safer option than slamming on the brakes. Not only is this less demanding on your car, but is a smoother technique to adjust your gears.
Allow plenty of stopping distance
You should always drive at a speed that allows you to stop in the upcoming distance. This speed should also consider that rural roads can often be covered with overgrown shrubberies.
If you are driving behind slow-moving farm machinery or animals, you’ll need to be patient. Tractors are often going short distances and will leave the road soon enough. Be on alert for tractors turning into fields and that one with a trailer will pull over to the left first to negotiate the turn.
Driving on country roads requires different demands than urban and residential areas. By staying alert and conscious of speed and road conditions, drivers can help keep rural areas safe.