Across the country, there are many different hazards on the roads that drivers should watch out for. Some areas have a higher likelihood of certain hazards, such as snow and ice, while other risk factors (such as hurricanes) may be more prominent in other places. There are also different risk factors that are more or less prevalent in urban areas and rural areas. In this post, we will examine some of the hazards that are especially concerning in rural areas (even though drivers should be mindful of these concerns in urban areas as well).

Some people may think that driving in rural areas is safer due to less traffic and a slower pace. However, urban areas can be incredibly dangerous, and many people have passed away or sustained major injuries in accidents that took place in the countryside. Wildlife can be especially problematic in rural areas, such as deer darting onto the road or smaller animals causing a driver to veer into oncoming traffic. Moreover, some people speed through rural areas because they do not think that they will encounter other vehicles on the road, or they fail to pay attention to the road while going around a sharp turn or driving up a steep hill.

Fallen branches and other debris may be left unattended for some time in a rural area and there are a lot of other dangers that may be lurking in these locations. It is always important to be cautious when you are behind the wheel, whether you are driving in the countryside or in a bustling city.