RURAL DRIVING

RURAL DRIVING - ADAPTING TO RURAL CONDITIONS

 

Many sealed country roads have gravel verges. Be mindful to keep clear of the verge, unless you have reduced your speed. Country roads are sometimes too narrow for 2 vehicles to pass easily and have many sharp curves that prevent seeing approaching traffic. Rural roads may possibly follow the topography of the countryside, resulting in many dips and rises that create blind spots in the road ahead.

 

SPEED...

 

Vehicle speed is probably the most prominent of all the reasons behind accidents that occur on gravel roads.

 

When transferring your vehicle from a sealed road to a gravel one you need to slow down so that you can safely get an idea of how your vehicle is going to handle.

 

If the road is narrow and windy then you'll need to reduce speed even more.

 

A good safety habit is to slow down to a speed that allows you to react to whatever might come in a safe manner.

 

HANDLING...

 

When you are driving, you need to pay attention to the way that your vehicle handles on the road. Depending on how your vehicle handles on a particular surface you may need to change your personal driving habits.

 

When you are driving on gravel roads avoid any sudden changes in direction since this could lead to sliding and rollovers.

 

Also, if you are the only one on the road at the time, make sure that you stay in the tracks on the road to help avoid the same problem of sliding and rollovers.

 

If another vehicle comes along, then slow your speed and shift over to one side, while at the same time, if you are following another vehicle make sure that you leave plenty of distance between you and that vehicle.

 

Slow down before bends and pull over as far as practicable to avoid colliding with on-coming traffic.

 

TYRE PRESSURE...

 

Prior to beginning any gravel travel, check to make sure that your tyre pressure is within the specified parameters as given by  the manufacturer. Pressure that is either too low or too high is going to seriously affect your ability to drive. Be safe, and make sure that your tyre's are good before driving.

 

 

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