4 Tips for Country Roads

Statistically speaking, country roads are the most dangerous to drive on. While you might travel at higher speeds on a motorway, and in closer proximity to a greater number of vehicles, it’s country roads that account for the greatest number of road deaths. According to the government’s statistics, around 60% of all road fatalities in 2018 took place on rural roads. In 2017, the toll from rural roads was actually ten times higher than that of motorways.

Clearly, anything that can be done to lessen the risk is something worth doing. So, what tips might we bear in mind to ensure that we’re driving as safely as possible on roads of this type?

Condition of the roads

The majority of the road maintenance is concentrated onto just a few roads – the ones which absorb the majority of the traffic. You can expect a smooth surface on your local a-road. But the country lanes might take months, or even years, to receive the attention they need. As such, they might well be strewn with pot-holes and other accident-causing hazards. Drive with caution and keep an eye out for hazards of this kind.

Road surfaces

Similarly, country roads might not have quite the same level of drainage, and they might not be salted regularly during the winter. This will leave the average motorist exposed to sudden and unexpected loss of traction. Large puddles might also conceal other hazards, like the aforementioned pothole, as well as broken glass.

As such, those of us who regularly drive on country roads would do well to invest in hard-wearing specialised tyres, or to replace and care for our tyres more carefully. You can buy tyres online from reputable vendors, and fit them yourself (or pay someone competent to do it for you).

Surprise Bends

If you’re driving along a narrow country lane, then the chances are good that you aren’t going to be able to see around the next corner. This danger is compounded by the fact that country roads are more likely to present hazards like slow-moving farm vehicles, livestock, and bikes.

The solution here is simple: if you can’t see around the corner, then you should slow down. You can’t reduce the risk to zero, so ask yourself what speed you want to be travelling at if you do need to brake suddenly to avoid a head-on collision.

Passing places

Often, country roads are too narrow for traffic to comfortably pass by at every given point. Thus, a safe driver will be always on the lookout for convenient wide spots where they can make way for the oncoming vehicle. This will help you to avoid a time-consuming stand-off, or a potential accident.