Although it may seem like common sense that the most dangerous crashes occur on busy motorways and snarled up inner city roads, that’s actually far from true – in fact, 60% of the worst crashes occur in the countryside.
We think that it’s time to dig a little deeper and take a look at why these roads are so risky, as understanding the risks is one of the best ways to ensure that you don’t fall foul of them yourselves…
Patience is a Virtue
One of the factors which can cause a lot of issues in the country is the increased presence of slow moving vehicles (such as tractors), pedestrians, and cyclists or horse riders – if you’re really unlucky, you might even find yourself stuck behind a farmer herding cows.
These events can be understandably frustrating if they add time to your journey, however it’s absolutely crucial that you remain patient. Don’t pass unless it’s absolutely safe to do so, and if you do choose to overtake remember that you have to pass wide and slow – as the video below demonstrates, this isn’t just good advice, it’s absolutely essential for keeping our rural roads safe.
A Bumpy Ride
Typically, potholes and other kinds of uneven surfacing are far more common in the countryside than on motorways or busy ‘A’ roads. This means that drivers can be taken by surprise by unexpected hazards, and also that even the most familiar roads can change rapidly, so it’s important to avoid ever getting complacent.
Similarly, there might be unexpected hazards such as animals or even pedestrians, especially in the most rural country lanes, so you have to have your wits about you at all times. Of course, when you’re driving you should always have your attention on the road, but this general alertness becomes all the more crucial when you’re away from the cities and towns.
Generally speaking, the things which keep you safe on any road – such as paying close attention and trying to avoid making any rash decisions – are the same techniques which will keep you safe on country roads, so none of these tips should be new news!
If you do find yourself in an accident, whether on a rural road or anywhere else, we may be able to help you claim MIB compensation, so please get in touch to talk through the details. We can be contacted online or at 0800 0443 495, and a friendly professional will always be available to discuss your needs.