Have you ever heard people say that rural roads are more dangerous than interstates or urban roads? This is true when you look at the statistics and consider the number of fatal accidents per miles driven. Even when accidents do not happen as often, they are far more likely to be deadly.
But this fact is also surprising to many people, in large part because rural roads tend to feel like they are safer due to the low traffic levels and simple road designs. If they’re actually more dangerous, despite feeling safer, why is this and what can you do to avoid the risks? Here are three tips:
1. Wear a seatbelt
One reason for the danger on rural roads is that they see lower levels of seat belt use. Simply buckling up before every drive can help to keep you from becoming part of these statistics. Even when you don’t have far to go, a seatbelt dramatically reduces the odds of a fatal accident.
2. Slow down
Another reason that is often cited for rural dangers is speeding. It’s more common on rural roads because of the lack of traffic congestion. Additionally, drivers have higher speed limits to begin with, so almost all accidents take place at much higher speeds. Simply slowing down can help you reduce the severity of a crash.
3. Stay sober
Finally, impaired driving often leads to accidents on rural roads. It can be helpful to avoid certain times, such as driving at night on the weekends. It’s also naturally wise to simply avoid driving if you’re even buzzed or mildly impaired.
Even if you take these steps, though, you could suffer serious injuries when someone else causes an accident. If so, you’ll need to know how to seek financial compensation.