Five Tips When You’re Driving on Provincial Roads
There are three driving segments in every road trip. The first segment is the part where you escape from the busy metropolis. The second would be the highway drive where you must cruise the long open road. The last segment before you reach your destination would be traversing provincial roads.
As the last stage of the trip, some drivers tend to rush and be anxious when driving through provincial roads. Driving for six hours straight could make a driver eager to get out of the vehicle. However, driving in provincial roads poses a high risk of car-related accidents due to the unpredictable road conditions and scenarios. With that, here are five tips when you're driving on provincial roads.
1. Be mindful of your speed.
You should be aware of your vehicle’s speed when you’re driving on provincial roads. Chances are there will be no warning signs present to notify you that there’s a hazard ahead. Moreover, running at a decent speed will enable you to react faster to whatever you encounter on the road. Remember, provincial roads are not like the expressways where you have adequate road signs and wider road space. The recently released memorandum about speed limits state that passenger cars and motorcycles should run at 40 kph on open provincial roads and 20 kph on crowded streets.
2. Overtake with care. Slow moving vehicles, such as tricycles and scooters, are a common sight in provincial roads. You want to get pass them as soon as possible, right? However, you should be extra careful when overtaking on provincial roads. Don't attempt to overtake slow moving vehicles on blind corners, incline roads, and sharp winding roads. In addition, don't follow the overtaking vehicle ahead of you because the space might not be enough when you need to merge back into the right lane. The safest time to overtake is when you're driving on a long stretch of road because you have a clear view of the road ahead.
3. Patience is the key.
As mentioned earlier, you’ll encounter slow moving vehicles when you're driving on provincial roads. Take your time as safety should always be your top priority.
4. Watch out for pedestrians and animals.
Some provincial roads pass through densely populated areas where houses are situated along the side of the road. This means that pedestrians may cross the street at their own comfort. You may also see dogs in the middle of the road when you’re driving on provincial roads. As such, you should be alert and ready to react in such road conditions.
5. Adapt to different road conditions.
Provincial roads feature a combination of long straights, winding roads, uphill roads, downhill roads, and bridges. With that, you need to adapt in different road conditions by being alert behind the wheel. Be ready to adjust your car’s speed accordingly depending on the type of road you’re traversing.
Driving on provincial roads is tricky. You should always be aware of your car’s speed and overtake when it’s only safe to do so. Don’t rush; be patient behind the wheel and watch out for pedestrians. Always remember to enjoy the journey but, never compromise your safety.