Driving in the country means being surrounded by cow-pats, funny smells, and tractors slower than snails.
Driving in the country means being surrounded by cow-pats, funny smells, and tractors
slower than snails. But guess what? I love it. Thousands of motorists, in fact, leave the
cities every year and test their metal on some of the UK's narrowest roads. As such, Simon
Elstow from the Institute of Advanced Motorists has a few easy to follow country driving
- Always ensure you can stop within the distance you can see to be clear on your own
side of the road. This will mean you probably need to slow down approaching bends.
Accelerate when you can see through the bend.
- Be aware that vulnerable road users including cyclists and horses are more likely to
use these roads, and give them plenty of space when you do come across them.
- Rural roads can be windy and twisty. Use the line of hedges, trees or telegraph poles
to show you which direction the road goes in.
- Drive with extra care past apparently isolated houses and buildings, in case people
or vehicles are around.
- Mud on the road may means that farm vehicles will be moving around. Look out for
vehicles emerging from field entrances.
- Don’t swerve uncontrollably if a small animal darts out in front of you. It’s better
to have a broken fog light or a dented bumper than a loss of control or a serious
Mr Elstow said: “Driving on rural roads requires different skills than driving on urban roads.
The unexpected hazards, twisty roads and high speed limits make rural roads tricky, so
take extra care and adjust your speed to match how far down the road you can see.”