Tips for driving in the countryside

Too Many of us drive too fast on country roads, oblivious to what could be lying just around the corner writes Geraldine Herbert

 Slow down and expect the unexpected.

You never know when you go round a bend what you might encounter from a cyclist to a broken down vehicle.

Tractors & Farm Vehicles

When overtaking, leave nothing to chance, take your time and be safe. Don’t start your manoeuvre until you know exactly how you will end it so never try to overtake when you can’t fully see the road ahead on the other side and do not be pressurised by cars behind you.

Other road users

When you encounter cyclists, pedestrians, horses and livestock give them as much space as you can. Drive slowly particularly around animals as you do not want to make them nervous.


Lighting on country roads is often in short supply so use your full beam at night so you can see more of the road but be considerate to oncoming traffic and dim so as not to blind other drivers.

Plan your journey

Don’t always rely on your mobile phone to get you to your destination it’s always a good idea to plan your journey well and take a map.

Geraldine Herbert

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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