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Many drivers and driving instructors understand the need for experience of driving in many different situations to make a well rounded motorist who does not panic or startle at the slightest hint of trouble. Many accidents could be prevented if drivers stayed in control of their vehicles and did not slam on the anchors.
This is particularly true for rural driving according to a recent report by a well respected motoring organisation. They have found that more than 80% of accidents in rural settings caused a fatality or serious injury compared with less than 20% on motorways and larger roads. More people live in a suburban setting nowadays and so may not have enough experience driving on country roads and this could put them at risk.
The organisation has called for a change in the test to include practice in driving on rural A-roads, which are statistically the most dangerous roads in the country. Often rural roads are twisty and you do not get a good view of what is coming up, unlike many larger roads such as motorways or dual carriageways which are much more open.
This tends to mean that unless you are on your toes going round a corner you could be surprised by a slow moving tractor or even a herd of cows in the road. The need to be aware that anything could happen round a corner is vital when driving and is only learned with time which many newer drivers are not getting.