Rural roads can be dangerous places to be, despite the smaller volume of traffic you would generally encounter on them. Now a new campaign has been launched with the aim of reducing the number of deaths that occur on these roads, and it is aimed at revealing five essential countryside driving tips.
According to statistics revealed by Think!, a road safety campaign set up by the Department of Transport, 60% of the lives lost in road accidents across Britain are lost on rural roads. This surprises some, who believe that motorways are traditionally more dangerous to travel on. However statistics do not prove this to be the case. Common dangers include driving too fast for the conditions on the road, and not anticipating hazards that may crop up.
For example, research has revealed that one-third of drivers questioned had approached a bend at too high a speed, narrowly avoiding an accident. Some 40% of people had been taken by surprise when confronted by a hazard they didn’t expect to be in the road, such as a stray cow or sheep. The new campaign aims to highlight these and other countryside driving tips, in the hope people will be safer.
How serious can accidents be on country roads?
They can be very serious indeed. Fatalities occur on country roads all the time, and very often it is because drivers do not drive to the conditions they are faced with. Tight bends, farm traffic using up more than half the road and animals wandering in the road are all potential hazards that can be confronted. However the dangers can be far reduced by driving more slowly and anticipating the potential road conditions ahead. These tactics alone can save lives, and this is what the campaign is trying to do.
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