Driving On Unsealed Roads

June 01, 2017 at 11:41 AM

An unsealed road in simple terms is a road made of loose materials such as gravel or dirt. This kind of road is usually found in the country. You need to be calm and patient when driving on them so as to maintain full control of your vehicle.


Here are the things you should do to maintain control of your vehicle when driving on an unsealed road:

  • Keep your movements smooth and gradual i.e. do not make sudden movements when accelerating, braking or steering.
  • If a car approaches you, slow right down and steer your car as far to the left as you safely can. This will reduce your dust cloud and reduce the likelihood of loose stones chipping your windscreen.
  • Don’t pull over to the side of the road too quickly as gravel along the sides is often deeper and looser and can make it difficult to brake or steer.
  • If you happen to find yourself in deeper gravel, slow right down and steer the car out slowly. Don’t jack the wheel quickly as this could flip your car.
  • Make sure to increase the following distance as dust thrown up by another car can make it difficult to see ahead.

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