Some tips for keeping you safe while driving on rural roads.
Driving on gravel – Tire traction is reduced on gravel, so drivers should slow down to avoid skidding when stopping or turning.
Visibility through dust – Vision can be reduced when gravel on roads becomes dusty during dry periods of the year. Use low-beam headlights to make the vehicle more visible to others.
Know potential blind spots – Hills, intersections, and curves can become more dangerous in rural environments due to nearby trees, cornfields, or buildings that block the driver’s view of oncoming traffic.
Passing slow-moving vehicles – Encountering slow moving and large vehicles, such as farm equipment or animal drawn vehicles, is common on rural roads. Be prepared to identify the vehicles and slow down when approaching them. Make sure the driver of the slow moving vehicle can see you before passing.
Railroad Crossing – Many railroad crossings on rural roads are not well marked. When approaching a railroad crossing, slow down and look both ways.
Narrow bridges and roads – Rural roads can be narrow and have little or no shoulder. Look for narrow bridge signs and be prepared to stop for oncoming traffic.
Uncontrolled intersections – Some intersections are not controlled by yield or stop signs. Slow down when approaching an uncontrolled rural intersection, and be prepared to stop for oncoming traffic.
We here at North Buckhead Driving and DUI School are trying to make the roads a little safer. We have weekly DUI / Risk Reduction Classes as well as Defensive Driving Classes. You can sign up by calling our office at (678) 510-2099 or by visiting our website at http://www.northbuckheaddrivingandduischool.com/ and using our secure registration system
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