The majority of our roads in Wiltshire are classed as rural roads.
These roads often have sharp bends and blind bends which can hide unexpected hazards. Stay in control and give yourself time to react because you never know what's around the corner.
THINK! Brake before the bend, not on it.
Plan ahead for your journey, add in time, whilst driving through or around Wiltshire on its rural roads you are likely to get stuck behind a tractor, horse or other slow moving vehicle.
Take your time; remember tractors are likely to only travel short distances between their farm and fields. Only overtake when it is safe to do so.
Advice from THINK!
The best drivers read the road ahead and anticipate potential hazards. Look out for upcoming bends, hidden dips, blind summits and concealed entrances.
Country roads often have sharp bends. To stay in control and give yourself time to react to unexpected hazards, brake before the bend, not in it.
Overgrown verges, bushes and trees on country roads can block your view and potentially obscure an oncoming hazard. Always drive at a speed which will allow you to stop in the distance you can see to be clear (double that on a single track road). Allow more time to stop on wet or slippy surfaces.
The speed limit is a limit not a target. The national speed limit on single carriage roads is 60mph, but there will be times you need to drive under that in order to drive correctly for the conditions. In fact most people do on these roads - the average free flow speed is 48mph.
If you get stuck behind a slow moving vehicle be patient. Dips in roads, bends and other junctions joining your road often hide oncoming vehicles, so unless it's absolutely safe, don't overtake.
If passing more vulnerable road users such as horse riders, cyclists and walkers, pass wide and slow.