Ask Mike: Where Do Most Traffic Crashes Occur?


More than half of our nation’s traffic deaths occur on rural roads, even though only 1/4th of us live in rural areas.

Your best protection when driving on country roads include:
-Slowing Down
– Watching for Critters
– Watching for slow-moving vehicles- not just on the road but on
the side of the road.
– Watch for snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles in the
shoulders and ditches for potential roadway crossers.
– Avoid head-on collisions, which are most prevalent on two-
lane roadways. Watch for oncoming vehicles and be prepared
to take the ditch.

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  • Alicia Nicole @ Melanated Beautiful April 6, 2017

    I went to school and learned to drive in a rural area and I can attest to this. In the last ten years I think four or five kids from my school have died in car accidents. It’s a really tragic thing but we all have to be more vigilant when driving, especially on rural roads.

    • Jayne Ubl April 7, 2017

      Alicia, Thanks for your comments. So sorry to hear about the death of your school mates. We appreciate that you shared with us. Sincerely, the DriveSafeRideSafe Team

  • Roxy April 7, 2017

    Even though I live in a urban area, I think these are still useful tips for those dark two lane roads here. Do you have any ideas about why they don’t have a few more street lights on rural roads?

  • Sheri King July 9, 2018

    I live in a small town surrounded by country roads, where there are only a couple of feet between drivers passing in opposite lanes. Just about a month ago, I was driving on one and sure enough, someone started coming into my lane. Luckily, we were both going only about 30 mph but only about 10 car lengths apart. I slammed on my horn and kept it going until she looked up and moved over. Yes – she was on her cell phone and my boys noticed that first.
    I wish that the center line on country roads so that if a driver did go on it, it would meet some kind of noise or resistance. Why oh why can this not be done??? It seems like such a simple way to save lives. Thank you for making this website. I’m so thankful there are those out there who are taking this stuff seriously. So many people have their heads in the sand (and their phones!) on the crisis of distracted driving.

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