Safely Driving On Country Roads
Rural driving is a bit different from driving in urban and suburban areas. While the same road rules apply throughout NSW and VIC, it’s a good idea to keep a few safe driving tips in mind if you’re going on a country drive or going on a road trip through rural areas. Here is some advice from LTrent Driving School.
1. Follow Posted Speed Limits At All Times
To stay safe when driving in rural areas, make sure you always follow posted speed limits. This ensures you can react appropriately to traffic, wildlife, turns and dips in the road, and more.
2. Watch Out For Wildlife
Kangaroos and other wildlife are a serious concern on rural roads. We recommend being aware of signs indicating wildlife crossings, and using your high beams at night to see a larger area around the road, whenever you are legally allowed to do so.
However, it is not always possible to avoid wildlife. In the event that an animal is on the road and you can’t avoid it, you need to know how to react. You should brake immediately. Do not swerve, as you are more likely to suffer serious injuries if you run off the road, compared to simply hitting the animal.
3. Adjust Your Driving On Unsealed Roads & Gravel Roads
Gravel, dirt, and unsealed roads are common in rural areas, and if you’re used to driving on pavement, it’s a lot easier to lose control of your vehicle on these roads.
So stay safe. Reduce your speed, allow for more stopping distance between you and other cars, do not overreact or over adjust your steering wheel if you start to slide, and stay sharp when driving on unsealed roads. Be aware of weather conditions, too – rain and mud can make unsealed roads a lot more dangerous.
4. Never Try To Pass Aggressively Or Illegally
It may be tempting to try to pass road trains or other slow-moving vehicles in zones where passing is not allowed. Never do this. Not only is passing a car in a no-pass zone illegal, it’s extremely dangerous.
Usually, no-passing zones are areas with low visibility where you may not easily be able to see oncoming cars. Trying to pass aggressively or in a no-passing zone is a very bad idea, and could lead to a catastrophic accident.
5. Don’t Drive When Fatigued
When possible, avoid driving between the hours of 10 PM and 6 PM, when fatigued driving accidents are the most common. Get plenty of sleep – at least 7-8 hours a day – and take frequent breaks when on long road trips.
If you’re tired, find a safe place to pull off and take a break. Avoid turning off onto the side of a main road, as narrow margins on country roads mean your car may be a traffic hazard, particularly if the lights are turned off.
Drive Safely – Learn With LTrent Driving School!
If you’re a learner driver and want to drive safely on country roads – and everywhere else – LTrent Driving School is here to help. Contact us online to learn more about our driving lessons in VIC and NSW, and get the professional driving instruction you need right away.
Ltrent Driving School also provides lessons for drivers of all levels. For NSW learner drivers, take advantage of the safer drivers course, which not only accounts for 20 of your logbook hours but will also teach you invaluable driving practices that will keep you safe for life.