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5 tips for safe rural driving

Driving in rural areas can have different challenges than you may face in city or highway driving. Any employee who drives for work should be aware of the added dangers you can come across driving in rural areas.

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1 Slow down

Speed limits tend to be higher in rural areas. This increases your risk for a fatal crash. To offset this risk, make sure you never go over the posted speed limit, and always be looking ahead so you don’t have to react to something at the last second.

2 Stay alert to poor road surfaces

Country roads can have poor road surfaces. These roads can add dangers such as loss of traction, low visibility, and damage to your vehicle. Make sure to leave enough space between you and the person ahead of you and drive slower if you feel uneasy on these surfaces.

3 Keep an eye on your lane

Rural roads can be narrower than city streets. They also can have sharp curves, dips, or spots where the pavement cuts out. Always follow the recommended speed limit when taking curves and keep as far right as possible while staying in your lane.

4 Watch for obstacles

You can come across odd objects on rural roads that may make it harder to drive. They can include animals, slow moving machinery, or fallen trees. If you are behind a slow-moving vehicle, slow down and follow it until it is safe and legal to pass it. Pass any animals you see along the road slowly, and if they are in the middle of the road, let them move out of the way before you keep driving. 

5 Prepare for emergencies

It is easier to get lost or stuck in rural areas. Make sure you are using a navigation system or map of the area. Fill your fuel tank before setting out and keep a vehicle emergency kit. Tell someone ahead of time where you are headed and when you plan to return since cell service can be poor in these areas.

 



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Last updated: 3/22/2021