Various Obstacles On The Road

It would be perfect if there was nothing encroaching on your driving, but the real world doesn’t work like that. You must navigate some problems out there–including slow moving vehicles, pets, bridges, barriers, and traffic cones.

Slow Moving Vehicles

Slow moving vehicles could be anything from horse drawn vehicles, tractors and ride on mowers even. If you are driving on an interstate highway you shouldn’t encounter them, it’s the little roads when they become an issue. If possible, you should look for a safe place to pass. Watch out for a long single line of traffic with no obvious explanation. Don’t just fly past everyone as there may be a horse drawn vehicle or a bicycle up ahead. If other vehicles seem reluctant to pass, there’s the flimsiest chance they are right?

Pet’s

Pets are a problem in more suburban areas, cats are especially likely to run into the road. It is always best to maintain a slower speed in order to watch out for animals crossing. If you hit an animal you must make contact with the owners. With farm animals and wild animals you should alert the authorities. It’s a rigmarole but it helps to obey the law in these matters.

Bridges

Virginia’s Oldest Covered Bridge

Hump bank bridges, draw bridges, or swing span bridges should be approached with caution as the road gets narrower. As you pass the top of the bridge the car has less traction and so becomes harder to brake and steer. Another reason to slow down is that your suspension can be damaged if you hit a bridge element at speed.

You should be prepared to stop as there tends to be one line of traffic or there may be pedestrians or cyclists on the bridge blocking your passage. You must check your mirrors to see if the way is clear. Move slowly until you’re completely satisfied.

There are additional problems if you are driving a long vehicle. If there is a curved approach you need to exercise caution and skill, you need to be sure how your vehicle turns. If at all possible, you should attempt to avoid the bridge altogether, try another route.

The sickness in the stomach which comes from crossing this type of bridge is due to it being linked to acceleration followed by deceleration.

If you keep going over humped bridges or road humps your tires will become distorted and the suspension will be affected. But it’s a little-known fact that cars going over bumps can cause damage to the roads, sidewalks and even nearby buildings. It may cause damage to your body – around the neck and lumbar (back) region.

Barriers

Barriers are meant to stop you from colliding with things such as rocks, buildings and so on as well as keeping you away from pedestrian areas. They may well harm your car more than whatever they’re keeping you from hitting.

Traffic cones date back to the 1940s – another obstacle to watch – they replaced wooden structures which indicated the road was being worked on, which sounds as if it created more accidents than it solved! A later innovation was to make traffic pillars, which aren’t as popular. Traffic cones are inexpensive, remarkably easy to see and can be used to close down lanes or guide drivers around obstacles in the road.

Here’s to an obstacle-free journey and the lure of the open road.

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