Driving on rural roads can present very different to conditions to the city streets, so if you’re heading out and into the country, it’s important to know what you’re up against.
Here are some tips on driving in rural areas.
Heading into the country? Make sure you pay attention
Country roads can be less well-maintained than what you’re used to, so it’s essential to take precautions as not to damage your vehicle and bring down its resale value.
One of the perils of rural roads includes uneven or loose terrain, which may mean you need to drive more slowly, pay more attention to hazards and take particular care of your car tyres. Always ensure you have a spare – and even a puncture repair kit – with you and make sure these vital parts of your car are in good nick before you even leave the city.
In addition to this, wildlife can be a disruptive force out on the rural roads. Avoid driving at the periods of dawn and dusk, or take extra special care, as this is when wildlife is at its most active on the road. Animals such as kangaroos leaping can not only give you a fright and cause damage to your vehicle, it can cause critical injury and even fatalities – so remain vigilant.
On this note, while you might be tempted to speed down seemingly empty roads, make sure you drive to the speed limit and the conditions. You’re likely unfamiliar with the roads and its potential hazards, not to mention you never know when an animal or other vehicle could appear, so don’t take any risks just because you think you’re alone.
If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll not only be looking after your safety and health, but also that of your vehicle. Come time to sell your car, this will help you fetch a higher price.