5Rural roads are made up of different types of materials 82% of road in U.S are ruralRural roads are made up of different types of materialsHigher rates of speed ( 55mph) affects your:Line of sightStopping distanceVehicle control
6Characteristics Roadways Speed Traffic Controls Roadside Hazards Special Situations
7Rural RoadwaysCh 10Nearly twice as many fatalities occur on Rural Roadways than on urban roadways.Why? ( higher rate of speed)
8SPEED Posted speed limits indicate maximum speed for ideal conditions Basic speed law states that you should not drive faster than road or traffic conditions permitAdvisory Speed LimitsMinimum Speed Limit
9How should you use the IPDE process during rural driving? Give yourself more TIME!Activity- You will need a piece of paper and penIdentify hazards farther awayPredict conflicts farther awayDecide what to do while you still have timeExecute your decision so you have time to act
10Stats! 42% of deaths in roadside collisions occur on curves. 1/3 of all roadside collisions involve a vehicle that rolls over1/3 involve occupant ejectionSWITCHBACKS
12CURVESTake quick glances across the curve to identify oncoming trafficMaintain proper lane position by glancing ahead at intended path of travelIdentify the advisory speed signSLOW DOWN BEFORE THE CURVE!
13Passing and Being Passed on Rural Roads INTENTIONALLY SPEEDING UP WHILE BEING PASSED IS ILLEGAL!
14DO NOT PASS WHEN... A solid yellow line is present When sight is limitedWhen cross traffic is a hazardWhen approaching a HILL ( ft), CURVE, INTERSECTION( 100 feet), BRIDGE, or railroad crossing( 100 feet)Cannot complete a pass before the start of a no passing zone
15SHOULD I PASS? IS IT WORTH IT TO PASS? IS IT LEGAL TO PASS? IS IT SAFE TO PASS?If you answer yes to all of these questions then give it a go!Do you have an ESCAPE PATH?
16Answer yes to all previous questions safe?legal?worth it?Prepare to pass by acceleratingWhen is it safe to move in to the right lane again?
17Being passed? Be AWARE of passing cars Stay to the right and slow down Accelerate if you see that the driver drops back and decides not to pass so you give them room to move back in to the lane
18MultilaneDRIVERS SHOULD USE RIGHT LANEPassing should be in left lane
19High altitudesGravity pulls vehicles down hill ( downshift) or use lower gearHigher altitudes means less Oxygen
20Different Rural Situations Night dangersPull out AreasRunaway Vehicle Ramps
21Animals More than 4% of all collisions in the U.S. involve animals 500,000 collisions with deer occur each yearWhen do they occur?What can be done to lower these numbers?