Prepare for the unexpected

No matter how well you know a route, it’s crucial that you’re prepared for the unexpected to happen – especially on country roads.

Did you know:

  • Country roads account for over half of all fatalities on Scotland’s roads (58%).
  • Latest figures show that in a twelve month period, 686 people were killed or seriously injured whilst driving on country roads – two thirds of those people were men.
  • Almost half of all drivers killed or seriously injured on country roads are aged 22-49.

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Tips for driving on country roads:

  1. Belt up: It could make a crucial difference in the event of an accident.
  2. Watch your speed: Drive at a speed that won’t affect your decision-making ability – this could be well below the speed limit.
  3. Prepare for the unexpected: You might know the road like the back of your hand but the conditions are always changing.
  4. Reduce your speed on blind bends: You never know what could be around the corner.
  5. Look out for blind summits and hidden dips: Keep an eye on road signs and slow down as you approach.
  6. Slow it down on hairpin bends: Going a fraction too fast could force you into the middle of the road, leaving you exposed to oncoming traffic.
  7. Put away any distractions: Ignore your phone, leave your Sat Nav alone and wait until you’ve arrived safely to have that packet of crisps.
  8. Stay in control: Drive to the conditions and be alert to unexpected hazards.