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Rural Driving: Faster Speeds and Fewer Traffic Signs

  • Rural, two-lane roads and rural, multi-lane roads often have speeds posted at 55, 65, or 70 mph.
  • When two cars collide at higher speeds, the force of impact is more severe, thus increasing the chances that vehicle occupants could be injured or killed.
  • In addition, fewer stop signs and traffic control signals make it easier for drivers to pick up speed without realizing how fast they are traveling.
  • When you see a car approaching in the opposite direction, move a few inches toward the right side of your lane (without driving onto the shoulder).
  • Leaving a few additional inches of space provides a “space cushion” that gives you additional protection against a car drifting into your lane and striking you in a head-on collision.

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