Driving safely on country roads
Did you know that 60% of all fatalities occur on the UK’s country roads? After finding out this staggering statistic, we wanted to focus this month’s blog on raising awareness and have put together some tips for driving safely on country roads.
Be aware of your speed
Regardless of the speed limit on a country road, adjust your speed so you feel comfortable and safe. This could also depend on the time of day. You may decide to lower your speed when driving at night where your visibility is limited. The national speed limit on single carriage roads is 60mph, however, this isn’t a target.
Watch out for blind corners and hidden dips
If you’re not paying full attention to the road, you may be caught out by hidden dips. Always look out for road signs as they may warn you about upcoming sharp corners, giving you plenty of time to adjust your speed.
Reduce your speed for hairpin bends
These can be dangerous, especially when speeding. So when approaching a hairpin bend, reduce your speed. It will prevent you from going into the middle of the road and colliding with oncoming traffic.
Even though you may know the road well, a tractor may pull out unexpectedly or horses may be on the roads. We advise driving cautiously whilst out on country roads, regardless of knowing the area well.
Don’t get distracted
Make sure you ignore your mobile phone and avoid drinking or eating at the wheel. Only use a SatNav if needed or let a passenger direct you, as you should limit your distractions.
- If you’re stuck behind a moving vehicle, be patient and don’t overtake
- Pass wide and slow when passing cyclists, walkers and horse riders
- Alter your driving to the weather conditions
We hope you use these helpful tips whilst driving on country roads. We provide car hire and van hire in Shropshire, but we also offer advice. Please feel free to get in touch with our team.