The Peugeot 308 is a great car to navigate the city and open country roads alike. It’s packed with plenty of technology including some fantastic safety features. However, any car, no matter how good it is, still has a vital human component; the driver. If the driver hasn’t left the city in awhile or is unfamiliar with driving on country roads, it can be a challenge. In this article, we look at four tips that will help you to safely drive on country roads.
1. Plan Your Trip Carefully
Our country is large, the distances between towns and cities can be considerable, and this makes planning vitally important. The extended driving distances can sap your energy and lead to extreme fatigue. Make sure that you allow for this, use realistic driving times when calculating journey times and plan plenty of rest stops. Taking a good long break every couple of hours is advisable and always stop if you experience any feelings of fatigue.
2. Pay Attention to Speed
When you drive out in the country, it’s extremely tempting to speed up because there is less traffic around. However, if you’re unfamiliar with the local roads, you can easily encounter driving conditions that can catch you by surprise, such as tight bends, broken road surfaces and large or oncoming trucks. This situation is further exacerbated if the weather conditions and lighting are bad. If you make a mistake at higher speeds, it’s harder to react and brake appropriately to avoid a possible accident. When you’re driving in the country, concentrate on smooth steering, keep your speed down and pay close attention to your surroundings.
3. Avoid Overtaking Risks
If you’re driving in the country on a single lane road, it’s inevitable that you will get stuck behind a slower moving vehicle at some point during your journey. This will necessitate an overtaking maneuver, but it’s important to execute this without taking unnecessary risks. Always stay back from the vehicle you wish to overtake and take your time to read the road conditions and evaluate oncoming traffic before you make your attempt to overtake. Don’t attempt to pass on bends or on the approach to a hill where an oncoming car could easily catch you by surprise. When you spot an appropriate gap, check your mirrors to see if someone behind you has started to overtake you and the vehicle in front. If you’re clear, indicate that you’re pulling out, accelerate quickly and get past the vehicle as quickly as possible. If you’re in any doubt that you cannot overtake safely trust your instincts and don’t attempt it.
4. Look Out for Wildlife
Australia has a lot of wildlife; it sometimes feels like it’s attracted to roads and this is particularly true at dusk and dawn. A Kangaroo can be a particular nuisance, they can seem to appear out of nowhere, they are hard to predict, and if you hit them, they can cause a lot of damage to you, your passengers and your Peugeot 308. Avoid driving at dawn and dusk, stay alert, keep your speed down and if wildlife strays onto the road brake safely and go around them. If you cannot avoid the animal and a collision occurs contact a wildlife care organisation for help.