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Rural driving

Whether you're visiting or you're a local, rural roads have unique challenges.


  • Other road users and animals coming out of hidden junctions and driveways
  • People working,walking or cycling on the road
  • Farm machinery and slow-moving vehicles
  • School buses picking up/ dropping off students

Stock on the road

  • Slow right down or stop
  • Do not use the horn or rev the engine
  • Pass as far away from the animals as possible


  • In the country, it's easy to out-drive your headlights.You should be able to stop within the distance lit by your headlights.
  • Increase your following distance to at least four seconds.
  • A clean windscreen can make a big difference to visibility.