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.
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.