Country roads can be slightly intimidating if you’re more used to driving around the city. However, safe driving on country roads is perfectly easy if you remember just a few things. Firstly, country driving isn’t fundamentally different from driving anywhere else. You still need to make sure that you’re in a fit state to drive and that your car is in good condition.
Two – keep to a sensible speed limit. Most country roads use the national speed limit, which is 60 mph. Often however you should travel at a much slower speed, especially if you are unfamiliar with the route you are taking or the road is particularly bendy and tight. As always, remember to reduce your speed further in bad weather conditions.
Three – don’t try and match the speed limit. Although the national speed limit is 60 mph, the intention of such a limit is not to have you try and get as close to it as possible. Some country roads are far too narrow and winding for safe driving at such speeds, so make sure you don’t drive too fast, especially when you don’t know what’s around the next corner.
Watching out for other road users is the fourth tip for safe country roads. While driving along some country roads you may well come across pedestrians, people on horses, other animals and large farm vehicles. Make sure when passing pedestrians or animals that you slow right down and leave plenty of space so that country roads can be safe for everyone that uses them.
The final tip is that in spite of the caution you need to exercise, confidence can also help you to drive safely on country roads. Ways of building confidence might include driving in country lanes that are wider and less windy at first or driving with a more experienced driver as a passenger. You might even want to consider extra lessons. With these five tips in mind, safe driving on country roads is possible for everyone.