Published on 08 June 2023
Drivers are being urged to pay extra attention on rural road journeys this summer.
Although rural roads carry around 40% of traffic, they account for more than 60% of all road fatalities.
Make sure you use any existing signage to help you. Usual signs include a series of white chevron signs on a black background, indicating a sharp bend. The more chevrons – and the bigger they are – the sharper the bend. So choose your speed wisely.
Many country lanes are too narrow for two vehicles to pass safely. So be prepared to reverse into a lay-by or passing place if necessary.
Choose speeds that are both legal and appropriate. Then you will have more time to react and plan if there is a hazard ahead.
Country lanes may be in a poor state of repair. At any sign of this be ready for pot holes and other broken surfaces that can seriously damage your vehicle.
Give cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders a very slow and wide berth and keep your distance until it becomes safe to drive past.Back to Latest News