of all fatal traffic accidents occur on rural
roads with an average of three people dying on country
roads every day according to figures released this week by the
Department of Transport (DoT).
The number of people killed on country roads is nearly 11 times
higher than on motorways.
According to the DoT and the motoring organisations the biggest
contributing factors are speed and blind corners.
Overgrown verges, bushes and trees can potentially obscure oncoming
hazards on rural roads. Too many drivers are turning into corners
at speeds which do not allow them to stop in the distance that they
can see is clear.
Wildlife and farm animals can cause unexpected hazard as can wide
agricultural machinery and farm contractors in a hurry.
Drivers should always allow more time to stop on wet or slippery
surfaces and remember that even if a rural road is very familiar
to you, you should never take for granted that there will not be
an unexpected obstacle.
In 2013, there were 1,070 fatalities and 9,104 serious injuries
on rural roads. Road deaths in urban area and motorways are at an
ALL TIME low but deaths on rural roads are increasing. Please take