Rural roads may appear deceptively safe because of the beautiful scenery and lack of traffic. However, Kentucky’s rural roads also have unique dangers for motorists and risks that can lead to crashes. Drivers should keep these recommendations in mind.
Lower speed limits
Staying within the speed limit is an important way to avoid personal injury in all locations. Rural roads, however, have exceptionally low speed limits and very few speed signs.
Staying at or below the speed limit is another important safety recommendation for rural roads. Stay within these speeds regardless of how slow it seems. Also, remember that rural roads are not a shortcut to get somewhere faster by driving at a higher speed.
Drivers may not resist the temptation to pass on rural roads because of their long straight stretches and slowing moving vehicles such as tractors. But this is risky because of ongoing traffic and hidden driveways. When passing, assure that the section of road is marked accordingly and proceed with caution.
There are numerous homes scattered across rural roads. Be aware of their driveways which are often hidden and pose the risk of collisions with vehicles pulling out into the road. Driveways may be particularly difficult to see on curvy or hilly roads until you are near them.
Tractors, ATVs, and farming combines use rural roadways and despite their size and slow speeds, have every right to use those roads. Be courteous to these motorists who use rural roads more frequently.
Drivers of these vehicles have restricted visibility. Maintain a safe distance between your car and these vehicles. Assure that you have sufficient time and space to safely maneuver while passing these vehicles.
One major difference with rural, as opposed to urban or suburban roads is that livestock are commonly taken across many rural roadways. Road signs are usually posted identifying these areas and warning motorists to slow down.
If you come across a group of cattle or other livestock being moved across a road, stop your vehicle. Patiently wait for the animals to completely clear the road.
Do not honk your horn or do anything to scare the animals. Stay inside your vehicle.
Anticipate darker conditions because rural roads typically have less streetlights and illumination than suburban or urban areas. You may need to use your vehicle’s high beams with more frequency to increase visibility.
Accidents on rural roads can have long-term medical and financial consequences. Attorneys can help you seek compensation against a negligent or reckless driver.