If you live out in the country, you have no doubt driven on a narrow road with lots of twists and curves and hills and dales that restrict your vision. While these roads are beautiful, they can also be dangerous to drive on. Here are four travel tips for driving on a narrow road.
Check Weather Conditions
To be blunt, the highway department in your area probably doesn’t take the same care of narrow backroads as it does for eight-lane superhighways. This probably means that the road is not in as good shape as it could be, and inclement weather can be a problem. Black ice during the winter is especially hazardous since it can’t be easily seen. Even a mild rain shower mixes water and oil on the road and can cause your car to hydroplane. Make sure you check the weather before driving on a narrow road, and if it’s possible, stay home if the weather’s going to be nasty.
It is imperative to keep your eyes on the road ahead. The only time you shouldn’t is during those fractions of a second when you check your mirrors. It’s astonishing how quickly your car can drift over the median strip if you take your eyes off the road for longer than that. Don’t look at your phone while driving and don’t rifle around in your bag or anywhere else in your car. Put your phone in a place where you can’t access it and before you get on the road make sure you have anything else you need within close reach.
Use Caution When Passing Trucks
Not only do trucks carry 71% of America’s freight, but they are also more difficult to drive. Because of this, it’s harder for truck drivers to quickly maneuver if you try to pass them on a narrow road. The best thing is not to pass a shipping truck at all on a narrow road. At one point, you’re going to be in the driver’s blind spot, and if you’re on a hill or a curve it can be difficult to see what’s coming on the other side of the road. If you must pass a truck, make sure that the opposite lane is clear, and that it’s legal for you to pass. This means there’s a broken line on your side of the median strip.
Keep Your Car in Good Condition
While driving on a narrow road you might need to respond quickly to all kinds of circumstances. This includes not hitting wild animals crossing the road and getting caught in bad weather. Make sure your lights, brakes, shock absorbers, tires and windshield wipers are all in good shape and that you have enough gas to get you there and back again. Car maintenance plays a role in many accidents when not considered.
Narrow roads can be dangerous. It’s important to stick to the tips above to ensure you have a safe drive. These roads do have their charms. Enjoy them safely!