Many rural roads in the UK have a speed limit of 60mph; but this doesn’t mean that you have to drive at that speed! Driving on country roads and lanes accounts for around 75% of all fatal road traffic accidents – rural roads can be narrow, winding and unpredictable, and poor weather, heavy traffic or driving at night time can all be hazardous, so take extra care.
Hazards on country roads
You should be especially careful when driving on narrow roads with no central white line, because if you meet someone coming the other way, you may need to react and stop quickly.
Country roads present different hazards to roads in the town or city and you may find combine harvesters, tractors and other agricultural vehicles moving at slow speeds on many rural roads. You need to consider the length and width of these vehicles if you plan on overtaking, and it’s best to stay well back so that you have a clear view of the road ahead if you do decide to overtake.
Another common hazard on rural roads is animals – this could be sheep or cows being herded across the road and into a field, or animals which have escaped from a field, in which case their behaviour could be unpredictable. Expect to see sheep, cows, dogs, horses and even wild animals such as deer. Deer can cause serious damage to your car and windscreen if struck, so pay attention to animal warning signs and reduce your speed accordingly.
You might also come across caravans, recreational bikers, ramblers, cyclists and people out for a stroll on country roads and lanes, so make sure you anticipate these hazards. Always be cautious when overtaking and ensure you check your mirrors regularly so that you’re aware who is behind you.
Claiming for car accident compensation
If you’re involved in a car accident on a country road or lane that was the fault of the other driver, you could claim for road traffic accident compensation. Perhaps the other driver was distracted, or was driving too fast?
Call Accident Advice Helpline on our freephone advice line and we can tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim – we’re open 24/7, so you can call us for a confidential, no-obligation chat at any time of day or night.
Before you ring, why not check out our 30-second test on our website, where you can find out how much you might be eligible to claim? If you do decide to proceed with a claim, you’ll face no financial risk thanks to our 100% no win no fee service.
Date Published: November 21, 2013
Author: David Brown