Speed signs on rural roads may indicate a speed limit of 100 km/h, it is in MOST cases unsafe to drive at that speed!
The road engineering differs in rural places where there can be narrow and unsealed roads. There is also the chance of coming across wandering stock or stock being moved.
Rural roads seem to take its toll on our community. Look at the map above to see where these crashes happened.
Sometimes vehicles are driven out from muddy paddocks onto the main roads, leaving lots of mud on the road. This may increase the risk of a crash, especially for motor cycles and cyclists. Farmers are urged to clean up it if that happens or find alternative ways to avoid that from happening.
When travelling in the country, watch out for changing conditions and decrease your speed to compensate for these conditions.
It may also take some time for an ambulance or rescue team to get to you.
Many rural areas have NO or poor cell phone reception.
Farm use has changed over recent years where many farmers have converted to dairy farming. Dairy farms are usually more labour intensive (more people) - therefore more traffic on the roads and the farm equipment being used is sometimes wider than what we expect.
There are narrow bridges, ditches and or trenches and trees all over our rural road network, which increase the risk of injury or death in crashes. These “obstructions” cannot always be removed and therefore it remains the responsibility of drivers to drive slower to the conditions.
There is also a tendency by rural residents to use solid materials like thick poles or concrete/brick pillars to put their letter boxes on. While it all seem logic to safeguard the letter boxes in that way, it actual creates an extreme hazard for motorists if they crash into them.
It's recommended that owners drill holes at the bottom of the poles just about where the pole comes out of the ground to enable them collapse on impact whenever they are hit by a vehicle. Concrete or brick pillars or metal bars etc should not be used at all.
When a driver encounters stock moving along the road:
When a driver encounters stock crossing the road: