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The top 4 dangers of driving on rural roads

On Behalf of | Jul 23, 2022 | Personal Injury |

While living in the country tends to be safer than city life, country driving is not. Rural roads can be dangerous for many reasons.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studied rural and urban fatalities. According to the study, 45% of all traffic fatalities are rural accidents. Here are some hazards you might find on rural roads.

1. Wildlife on the road

Wild animals often cross rural roads, especially deer. They jump in front of your car when you least expect it.

You may want to swerve, but you might lose control of your car. It is better to hit an animal head-on and suffer a dent or broken headlight than to swerve and have a more severe accident.

2. Unexpected curves

Going too fast around a bend can result in a serious accident. Again, you could lose control and have a serious accident. Slow down before you reach the curve. That way you can stop if an animal or truck appears in front of you.

3. Speeders

The speed limit may be set at a higher rate than what is safe for you. Always set your speed based on the road conditions rather than what signs say or other drivers do.

4. Tractors and other farm equipment

Farmers sometimes need to drive their tractors on the road to get to their crops. These machines travel slowly, and it may frustrate you and you will want to pass these machines. Remember that these machines could block oncoming traffic. Wait until the tractor leaves the road.