Drive safely on country roads, says IAM

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Motor insurance owners making plans to travel to the countryside have been warned to be extra careful on rural roads.

This is according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), which noted that drivers should expect cyclists, horses or even a herd of cows to be behind each blind bend and they should be aware of any of these situations.

Peter Rodger, chief examiner at the IAM, said: "On average, two-thirds of those people killed on UK roads, were driving on rural roads. Bank and summer holidays see drivers on rural roads that they are not familiar with. High speed limits, tight bends and unexpected hazards all add to the risk."

Furthermore, the organisation advised people to allow extra time for their journey in case they are faced with any obstacles on the road like a tractor or horse.

Recently, Tayside Police conducted a road safety operation over three days to improve motor insurance customers' driving awareness while on country roads.

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