The prospect of driving on country roads is very different to the experience offered by driving on roads in towns and cities. In many ways, you never know what is coming round the corner next. As such, it pays to have your wits about you and to be as aware of your surroundings as it is possible to be.
Reduced visibility is very often an issue in the countryside. For example, you may find the road twists and turns a lot, with blind summits and sharp bends both making an appearance. Take extra care to follow all the road signs as they may warn you of impending hazards.
Reduce your speed
Don’t become complacent. Make sure you keep your speed down and slow down before you reach a corner, especially if you don’t know the area. You never know what could be coming in the other direction. Some drivers like to cut corners, and you might find someone is half on your side of the road as you approach a bend. Slowing down could make all the difference between having an accident and avoiding one entirely.
Watch out for slow-moving farm vehicles too. Tractors and other large and cumbersome vehicles will be moving from one part of a farm to another, not to mention moving from fields onto the roads. If the fields are muddy, this could transfer mud onto the roads as well. This in turn could be slippery if you are not prepared for it.
Have you been injured while driving on country roads?
This can happen even if you take every conceivable precaution. You can never tell what other drivers will do, and there are times when someone may take actions that jeopardise your safety and cause you to be caught up in an accident. If this happens, you may potentially be left with injuries that take time to heal.
Accident Advice Helpline knows this only too well. If you want to make a no win, no fee* claim to try and be compensated for your injuries, we may be able to help. To find out, make sure you call 0800 689 0500 to speak with an advisor now. Providing you call within three years of the accident date, you can use our service on a no-obligation basis, to find out if a claim may be possible in your situation.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead