Low-risk driving on country roads

By Ronak Shah

Many drivers would consider country driving to be easier than city driving due to reduced traffic and less potential hazards. Although 40% of accidents occur on country roads, 60% of fatalities are experienced on country roads. With country roads often reflecting higher speed limits as well as unexpected hazards such as animals, it is extremely important to use low-risk driving behaviour to prevent a serious accident. So what can you do to manage your risk of an accident on country roads? 

When travelling at 100kph or above on country roads, It is important to ensure that you are leaving three seconds between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead and adding one second for adverse conditions such as rain or rough road surfaces. This will ensure that you have enough time to stop if the vehicle ahead unexpectedly brakes. Vehicles can brake unexpectedly on country roads for a number of reasons such as an incident ahead or even an animal appearing in the distance. 

It is not uncommon for drivers to lose control of their vehicle when swerving to avoid animals or wildlife. At high speeds, swerving can cause a vehicle to flip or crash into trees and infrastructure on the side of the road. At Corporate Driver Training Australia, we teach participants the importance of braking in a straight line as a way of minimising risk for the driver, passengers and to reduce vehicle damage. 

Another critical factor that impacts country driving is fatigue which often occurs on longer journeys when country driving. Fatigue often sets in within the first two or three hours of driving and when the roads are quiet (between 10 pm and 6 am). During our driver training courses, participants are taught to break before the onset of fatigue and managing it beforehand as opposed to taking a power nap after the effects of fatigue have already set in. 

To learn more about low-risk driver training, visit https://corporatedrivertrainingaustralia.com.au

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