We all hear about the obvious ways to stay safe on the roads when driving.
- Stay off your mobile phone
- Don’t speed
- Wear a seatbelt
- Don’t drink and drive
- If you are tired and fatigued, take a rest and stretch the legs
In this article we will take a look at some tips to keep you safe on the roads that are not so commonly promoted.
Country Road Driving
If you are not accustomed to regularly driving windy country roads, or mountainous roads, then you can be lulled into a false sense of security. Driving in heavy traffic tends to keep you switched on so you don’t ram up the back of the car in front of you. Plus there is a lot of stop starting which keeps you focused.
Out on lonely country roads the mind can wander and the concentrate and drop off considerably. This can lead to driver distraction, fatigue and poor judgement. And if you are unfamiliar with driving a particular road, there can be situations where you take a bend way too fast, let the vehicle pick up speed downhill, or simply don’t know when to back off on the accelerator pedal and do some breaking instead.
Take it easy on country roads. Stay alert. Obey all the signage and take it easy.
Whilst on holiday you are usually relaxed and happy and driving takes a very different pace. There’s no hustle and bustle, no rush to get to work and you cruise around taking in the sights. However, not everyone is on holiday, so it is important to remain vigilant and be cautious that you don’t get distracted by landmarks and beautiful views.
Plan your trip and factor in places to pull over to take in the scenery, including look-out points.
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