Ask The Expert – tips for driving on country roads #5



Watch the road surface

Country roads can have road surfaces that can prove the undoing of the unsuspecting driver. Potholes are a particular issue, so slow down in order to give yourself time to avoid them. In winter, black ice or patches of ice in the shadows of trees can take longer to defrost in the morning than the rest of the road, so look out for them.

Drainage of unevenly surfaced country roads is sometimes sketchy, so keep an eye out for patches of standing water: you don’t want to aquaplane into a ditch.
Country roads are also home to tractors that drive off fields and deposit large clumps of mud on the tarmac. This can make the road surface slippery, especially when rains, so be take extra care in these conditions.

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