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Why are Rural Roads More Dangerous?

30 Jun Blog | Comments

This might sound a little crazy, but believe it or not, rural roads can be more dangerous than city roads. Part of that comes from just a lack of experience. Most people are used to driving on the city roads, so rural roads are a bit like foreign territory for some folks.

Rural roads are also more dangerous for a number of other reasons. For example:

  • Think Zoo – There is a much bigger chance of running into animals, or wildlife on a rural road. The rural roads are closer to their homes so you will see them running across the road much more often.
  • False Security – There is a false sense of security that some folks have because they feel like there will be less traffic to worry about. This makes for more reckless driving because people drive down the middle lane, not worrying about traffic and end up in an accident. They also figure they can speed because, what are the odds of getting caught on a rural road.
  • Dangerous Conditions – Because rural roads are only two lanes, it is unsafe to pass, the roads are usually narrower, and there is an increased risk for collisions that are head-on.
  • No Lights – The lights, or lack of lights, is also an issue. Most rural roads do not even have street lights.
  • Seat belts – People also tend to forgo wearing their seat belts while driving on a rural road. In particular are the truck drivers, in general, but even more so on a stretch of rural road.
  •  Under the influence – Again people think because they are out of the city, there is less danger so people drink and drive more while driving on a rural road. They figure they are safe because there won’t be traffic or cops to worry about.
  • Medical Help – Should there be an issue, an accident, etc… getting medical help to someone takes longer in rural areas. This means if you get into an accident on a rural road getting the help you need will take longer and you could die.

Driving on a rural road is nothing to get lazy about. You have to be focused when you are driving. Now you know that you have to be even more focused, more alert and ready for even more when driving on a rural stretch of road.

People are uncomfortable driving on road with no street lights. This makes them more of a liability because they are nervous. So the best rule of thumb is to drive with all of the defensive driving you have learned over the years and then drive even a bit more cautiously when on a rural road.

There are so many different variables than the city. The roads are narrower, it is darker with no street lights, there is more wildlife to watch out for, and other drivers may be paying less attention because they don’t think they have to worry. Rural roads can be more dangerous than city roads if you do not pay extra attention.



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