Country roads, especially in Greece, are something we should keep in mind when driving. Especially at this time, due to the situation with Covid, travel by country roads becomes necessary in Lockdown mode. On the other hand, when the flow of things is normal, it is very pleasant for us to travel around our beautiful Greece by car, or even by motorcycle, but always wearing the protective safety helmet ( Unknown Myths and Facts about your faithful companion), either for holidays in one of our unique destinations, or to visit relatives in a village. However, as we will analyze below, a lot of attention is needed.
Especially in Greece, unfortunately there are not always the appropriate structures in order to have a safe driving in the province. Country roads, despite the fact that they offer very nice landscapes, also involve dangers that we should keep in mind while driving ( Do you know which of the 22 most dangerous provincial roads in the world is in Greece?).
In this article you will find the dangers that you can face if you drive often or are going to drive on country roads. Read carefully to be ready the next time you travel.
Provincial Roads: Difficulties Due to Space and Lack of Care by the State
Country roads are usually narrow and have one lane for each stream, making it difficult or even impossible for another vehicle to overtake on these roads. It requires a lot of attention in order to make an overtaking on a country road, and the driving must be stable and the driver very calm and confident in his movements. ( If you want to know how you can safely overtake at any time click here).
In addition, we often come across agricultural machinery (tractor) at very low speeds on country roads, causing the driver behind to get tired, irritated, and make superficial movements. If you are faced with a similar situation and decide to overtake an agricultural vehicle, then you will definitely need even more attention than usual. You must not rush or make dangerous overtaking.
Perhaps the biggest issue with country roads is the lack of proper construction (see roadway, signage, etc.) from the state. The state usually does not ensure that country roads are safe for drivers, and this is probably the most common reason for road accidents. There are several signs of abandonment of roads in the province, which of course increases the risks and especially in the winter months when there is frequent rainfall. ( Find out now what are the dangers of driving on a wet road).
The quality of the roads, the constant potholes, the lack of signage, the absence of markings, and the discarded or mostly faded signs that are indistinguishable are the basics that drivers face when driving on country roads. The state has a huge responsibility to correct the above, and should immediately take care of and carry out new projects.
Country Roads: Unexpected Dangers That May Arise
When it comes to country roads, it is very important to know the area you are driving. If this is not the case then maybe there are some potential risks and some of which can be fatal. For example, since there are no pedestrian crossings, it is very likely that a pedestrian will "enter" the road at an unforeseen time and place while driving. ( 7 Basic Rules for Avoiding a Pedestrian Car Accident).
That is why, always on country roads, in addition to the fact that we have to be very focused, we need to strictly observe the speed limits.
In addition, "blind" turns and lost roads are a common sight on country roads, so it is much simpler and easier to drive knowing the area. Also, stopping on a country road is dangerous, as there is usually no corresponding emergency lane (L.E.A.), and so we must be absolutely sure that the point where we stopped is appropriate, and that passing cars can see us and slow down to overtake us safely. Visibility is very important, and it is not just about stopping but of course overtaking, which is why we never overtake other cars in blind spots.
Finally, country roads are becoming more dangerous in relation to animals. Many times, an animal can be "thrown" in the street and we can be confused, agitated and frozen. Huge attention needs to be paid to this issue. Animals can emerge from anywhere, which is why it is imperative that all of us, when driving on country roads, drive defensively.
Remember that a frightened animal coming out on a country road will usually return to where it started making a change. That is why it is very important not to overtake it from behind, but to brake and press the horn as fast as we can.
Helpful Hint: We always pass the animals from the side that "sees" their head, so that he can see us and we can control our driving. Otherwise there can be painful consequences for everyone.
When Traveling on Country Roads, in addition to Enjoyment, He Wants Attention!
Overall, great care is needed when traveling on country roads, as the dangers are many and varied. We all love to travel and we all want to get there quickly. But we must always keep in mind that safety comes first and that it essentially precedes enjoyment. If we want to enjoy our route and our journey, we must first reach our destination safely.
As you will read above, country roads need steady driving at low speeds and not "superficial movements or in simple words magic" which can later cost. We need to be careful as we know that the state is not our ally on this journey because the role of the state in reducing road accidents on country roads is enormous.
Finally, a driver should always be relaxed and calm when preparing to drive long distances on country roads. Only then will he be sure that the trip will be both safe and enjoyable.
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