Think! Country roads

A new road safety campaign THINK! Country Roads has launched today.

60% of all fatalities occur on country roads. These roads often have sharp bends and blind bends which can hide unexpected hazards. Stay in control and give yourself time to react. Brake before the bend, not on it.

  • The best drivers read the road ahead and anticipate potential hazards. Look out for upcoming bends, hidden dips, blind summits and concealed entrances.
  • Country roads often have sharp bends. To stay in control and give yourself time to react to unexpected hazards, brake before the bend, not in it.
  • Overgrown verges, bushes and trees on country roads can block your view and potentially obscure an oncoming hazard. Always drive at a speed which will allow you to stop in the distance you can see to be clear (double that on a single track road). Allow more time to stop on wet or slippy surfaces.
  • The speed limit is a limit not a target. The national speed limit on single carriage roads is 60mph, but there will be times you need to drive under that in order to drive correctly for the conditions. In fact most people do on these roads – the average free flow speed is 48mph.
  • If you get stuck behind a slow moving vehicle be patient. Dips in roads, bends and other junctions joining your road often hide oncoming vehicles, so unless it's absolutely essential, don't overtake.
  • If passing more vulnerable road users such as horse riders, cyclists and walkers, pass wide and slow.
  • Even if you’re familiar with a country road, never take it for granted as the conditions can be different every time.

Read more: http://think.direct.gov.uk/country-roads.html 


Last edited on: 26:10:2015

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  • Posted by: Sheila TicklePosted on: 01/11/2016 15:58:40

    Comment: Do not straddle the road: drivers using country lanes as a rat run between congested motorways seem unprepared for traffic approaching from the opposite direction. Further problem in this area - articulated lorries gaining regular access to farms where planning permission has been given for industrial use. Perhaps councils should examine their planning strategy. Have also noticed frequent use of mobile phones as there is very little chance of being apprehended.

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