Archive 24th October 2013

The Potential Hazards of Countryside Driving

It doesn’t matter of you’re new to driving or if you consider yourself to be a veteran, it’s very easy to think that a nice drive in the country is much easier than say, driving in the city. However, as with all forms of driving the countryside has its hazards as well and these really need to be considered, especially if you’re used to the city.

The mere thought of stunning scenery and the wind blowing through your hair as you travel the open country roads sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and it can be as long as you think about the points made below:


Unlike urban areas, the countryside is often littered with potentially dangerous bends you’re not used to and one of the biggest mistakes any driver can make is taking them too quickly. If this happens the most natural reaction is to hit the brakes, and this is something that could land you in a ditch or even worse hitting an oncoming vehicle.

Look well ahead when you’re approaching a bend. Are there warning signs telling you how steep the bend is going to be? Can you see around the bend? Warning signs are there for a reason and you should make sure you take in what you’re being told. Keep your speed down, and if your view is obscured by trees or bushes take things especially slowly.

Other Vehicles

This may seem like an odd sub-heading. After all, there is far less traffic in the country than in a city however, the types of vehicles you may come across in this type of environment can be bulky and slow moving. For instance, as you come round a bend you may be faced with a tractor or some other form of farming vehicle, and these move at a snails pace. Again, we go back to bends and why you should be especially careful.

It’s also tempting to overtake a vehicle like this because they’re larger than you, obscure your view and of course, they move very slowly. But, this can be very dangerous. Instead, keep your patience. The person driving the vehicle in front of you will know the area very well, and you’ll be surprised at the amount of them who will either move over or wave you around them when it’s safe to do so.


Unfortunately, there are times when we come across small animals like squirrels or the odd fox in urban areas, and they do get run over but in the countryside you have bigger “fish” to think about. Imagine coming around a bend only to be faced with a herd of cattle or sheep? Any farmer will be less than happy that you’ve just ploughed through their precious animals.

You also run the risk of coming across other woodland animals that can do an awful lot of damage if you can’t avoid them. Deer for instance can appear from nowhere so be aware of this.

The fact is you can enjoy a drive in the country, just take it slowly and be aware of the potential dangers.

Getting Back Behind the Wheel after a Road Accident

Sadly, road accidents are on the up in the UK and there are a few reasons for this. One is there are more vehicles on the road than ever before, and each year many thousands follow. Another reason is the amount of people who take to the roads without any thought for their own or other drivers’ safety.

If you’ve been in a road accident, getting back behind the wheel can be a very traumatic experience. For some, it’s something they will never do again and this is quite understandable, especially if you’re accident was serious and has left you with physical scars that will never go away. However, for those of you that suffered a minor accident, you can feel like you’re expected to just “get back on the bike and ride it”!

People who haven’t been in a road accident find it hard to understand what you’re going through mentally. This is because they cannot see what you’re going through. For example, if you have a huge pimple on your face, you will get far more sympathy for it than you would if it was somewhere no-one can see. You get the idea.

So, on to how you can get over those nightmarish jitters once you’ve returned to full health again.

The First Time

It could be that you look at you car sat in the driveway, and it immediately fills you with horror (and I speak from experience with this one). The one thing to remember is you should take this as slowly as you like. Even if you just start by approaching your car and taking a peek through the window you’re making progress. It might not fee like it, but you are.

Once you’ve mustered up the courage to open your car door, just sit behind the wheel for a while. Get used to how it feels, and if you start to feel anxious simply get out again. Trust me when I say this, you will find each time you sit in the driving seat it will be easier to spend more time there.

Once You Feel it’s Time to Drive

One word of warning here: DON’T attempt it on your own. Take someone with you that you trust. You don’t even have to go out on the open roads. You could just take a quiet back route around the area you live so you don’t come across many other drivers.

It may take time. For some people its weeks, for others its months so don’t rush. If you do, this will send you backwards.  Over time, you will get over this and if you’re having real trouble with getting back behind the wheel there is no shame in speaking with a councillor, that’s what they are there for! You could even ask a driving instructor to help you. There are many professionals out there that are not just about teaching people to drive, they can also help you get your confidence back with driving again.

Why Driving is a Skill Everyone Should Have

For some people, learning to drive is just too much to bear in terms of anxiety, and they shy away from it. For others it’s a skill they can’t wait to learn. Now, this isn’t a psychology lesson but there are personality traits that run through both brackets of people. Those that find it too much in terms of stress tend to be shyer than the average person, and those that can’t wait are, well, a little more outgoing.

So, why is driving a skill everyone should learn? Below are some reasons that might get you thinking:

Freedom with Life

When you learn to drive, pass your test and get your own car the doors open to you are endless. It’s much easier for you to get about so you’re not tied to bus or train timetables or the expense of taxis (unless of course you intend to drink alcohol). If you’re currently thinking about learning to drive but are too nervous, think about what your life would be like if you could?

You won’t have to worry what time you can go to the shops. You can set times to meet friends and family that suit you, and you have the freedom to visit places that would otherwise not be as accessible.


It’s hard to imagine, but being able to drive does actually help your confidence. Why? I hear you ask. Well, think about this. When you’re in charge of a vehicle you’re in control. What happens on the road is largely down to the decisions you make and not others. This sub-consciously helps you in other areas of your life.

Perhaps you’re the type of person who takes their time over making a decision, or you find it hard to do so. When you’re driving you don’t have this option. Making a turn in the road, crossing a set of crossroads safely is something you need to know and understand, and that’s what decision making is. In fact, this is a skill that many driving instructors are able to instil in you without you realising it.


If you’re not what you would call a “spring chicken” anymore, you might think this side of the argument doesn’t include you and that might be true to a certain extent. However, being able to drive teaches you how to respect what’s going on in the world around you, and with that you “grow-up”. Maturity isn’t just about age, it’s about knowing when to be sensible in life (among other things), and you will learn this when you decide to become a legally accepted driver.


Learning to drive isn’t just about knowing how to safely operate a car. It’s not even about knowing how to spot the danger signs so you can avoid an accident. It actually has many other benefits that can help you in other areas of your life. That’s not to say you can’t learn these skills without learning how to drive, but it certainly will help!