As the weather gets warm, many people head to the open country to escape the hustle and bustle of inner-city life. These long dirt roads offer little traffic, scenic backdrops, and small-town charms not found in concrete jungles. These long stretches of road can be tempting to rush down, but the empty streets have unique hazards you should watch out for. Here are the best ways to stay safe on your dirt road joy rides.
Watch for Tractors and Other Farming Equipment
These can be large machines that often take over broad areas in traffic lanes. Approach these cars with caution. The drivers may have limited visibility. When passing these vehicles, make sure you have plenty of space and time. Pay attention to the road markings to let you know when it is appropriate, and remember to look at oncoming traffic. Here are more details on passing others on the road.
Respect Livestock Crossings
Many areas require livestock to crossroads throughout the day. These areas should be marked with signs warning drivers to slow down and use caution. If you do happen across livestock crossing the road, bring your vehicle to a stop and wait for the animals to clear the roadway. If you make noises by revving your engines or blowing your horn, you could spook the animals and bring harm to your vehicle. So instead, stay inside and enjoy them from a reasonable distance quietly.
Obey the Speed Limit
Some of the biggest draws to the open roads are the absence of traffic and traffic control measures. Without many other drivers or traffic lights, it is easy to speed up through the road with little concern for the speed limit. However, you can just as quickly veer off the road at such high speeds with frightening force, injuring yourself or others on the road.
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