City Driving vs Country Driving

Motor Accident Commission South Australia

'What are the main differences between driving in the city and driving in the country?

This quick comparison highlights what to watch out for, no matter where you are.


  • Help is usually close by.
  • Other cars, houses, shops, and signs provide constant visual stimuli.
  • Your stopping distance is 32 metres if you’re travelling at 60km per hour.


  • Emergency services may take a long time to arrive, especially if you are some distance from a major centre
  • Irregular visual stimuli mean you have no reference points to judge distance or speed.
  • At 110 km per hour, your stopping distance jumps to 92 metres.'