On country roads, the speed limit is higher than in built-up areas. For this reason, it is important to have good safety margins and to pay attention to what is going on further down the road.
Indicate in good time and slow down gradually. If visibility is good, you may drive on the hard shoulder just before the turn, as this makes it easier for the vehicles behind you to pass.
You want to turn right. The visibility is good and the hard shoulder is wide. You can use the hard shoulder to make it easier for vehicles behind you to pass.
Turning left on a country road is the most dangerous type of turn you can make. The reason for this is that you are driving at high speeds. A rear-end collision can be very serious.
How to make a left turn, and possible ways to reduce the risks:
In order to reduce the number of left turns, the road is sometimes redesigned as a jughandle turn (sometimes known as a Spanish turn). This means that you turn off onto a small exit road on the right, and then cross the road.
You want to turn left. Being hit from behind is a real danger here, as you will be forced to stop and wait for oncoming traffic to pass.
This is a jughandle turn. You want to turn left, but if you turn at B you may be forced to stop and wait for oncoming traffic to pass. Instead, you must turn at A and cross the road, thereby avoiding the risk of a rear-end collision.
The distance is insufficient. Note the verge posts.
It is very common to see drivers not maintaining a sufficient distance on country roads. There are a few rules of thumb below that you can use to ensure you are keeping an appropriate distance.
Cars that drive too close to you are both annoying and dangerous. You can reduce the risks by maintaining a large distance from the car in front of you, which means that you would not have to brake as hard if the car in front of you were to slow down. This reduces the risk of you being hit from the rear.
Another option is to pull over into an appropriate lay-by or parking space, and allow the stressed driver behind you to pass.
You are approaching a vehicle that has been placed to denote roadworks. Maintain a low speed and be particularly attentive.
Horses in traffic require special consideration:
Also remember that riders may often be young, with little experience of traffic. It is very helpful to make eye contact with the rider.
Sign indicating a private road.
If you encounter a sign indicating a private road, you should be prepared for the following:
Think also about your speed. Just because the speed limit is often 70 km/h, it is not always appropriate to drive at 70 km/h. If you were to crash on a bend on a narrow road with obscured visibility, this could be classed as reckless driving if you were driving at 70 km/h.
Does the priority-to-the-right rule apply at junctions between a private road and a regular public road?
– Yes. There are no special rules for giving way at junctions between a private and a public road. If there are no road signs denoting priority road/obligation to give way, it is the priority-to-the-right rule that applies, as long as the private road is not classed as an exit. Read more about the exit rule in the section on Priority rules.