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Dangers of driving on rural Wisconsin roads

The number of traffic accidents tend to be high in places where traffic is high. However, city streets are not the only dangerous places for drivers. According to federal data, rural roads have a higher rate of fatalities, making them deadlier than urban areas.

What makes rural routes so risky and harmful? Factors ranging from engineering to environment contribute to the danger of country driving.

Design

Whether it is a highway or back road, a rural road is usually long and open. It is easy for drivers to get into a state of hypnosis by the lack of change, serving as a distraction. Furthermore, drivers are likelier to speed on a long, uncrowded stretch of road. Other times, country routes have many twists, turns, rises and falls. Combined with high speeds, the chances of an accident increase.

Rural areas also lack medians, safe shoulders and sufficient lighting. Heavy woods and thick fields further contribute to the darkness, making it even harder to see hazards, other motorists and hidden driveways.

Environment

Rural areas contain wildlife and livestock that can cause motor vehicle crashes. Tractors share the road, too, and passing them incorrectly leads to collisions. Wisconsin winter weather makes roads slick and obstructed, increasing the difficulty of stopping and the chances of losing control of the vehicle.

The location of these roads are not near hospitals, so it takes more time for emergency responders to arrive at accident scenes and transport victims to medical centers.

Drivers

Drivers sometimes do not wear seat belts in rural areas due to a false sense of security, resulting in more serious injuries and more deaths. Like anywhere else, Wisconsin country roads also contain drowsy, drunk and distracted drivers.

Be cautious

Do not let familiarity and lack of traffic pull your guard down. Be just as alert and defensive on rural roads as you would be in the heart of the city to prevent an accident and severe injury.

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