Driving Tips

New to Driving in the Country

Motor Accident Commission South Australia

'Going for a drive in the city is very different to setting out on a long road trip. For drivers that aren't used to rural roads, it can be a steep learning curve, and one with serious consequences for little mistakes.

These five tips will help new drivers adjust to the different road conditions.

1. Following the road rules becomes more important the faster you go. Indicating with plenty of time, keeping to the speed limits, and only overtaking on broken lines are all vital at higher speeds.

2. Make small, smooth adjustments. When you're travelling at high speeds, a small input equals a big output. Even a small steering correction or road bump can have a big impact on your vehicle.

3. Be wary of standing water. A sudden change in the road conditions can cause your tyres to lose grip on the road. If the wet patches reflect rainbows, it's likely to be oil. It could send you into a skid if you drive over it so make sure you're on the lookout. Foam on the side of the road is also an indicator that the roads are likely to be oily and slippery.

4. Give yourself plenty of space because your stopping distance increases significantly as you go faster. At 100 km per hour, your stopping distance is about 100 metres.

5. Drive to the conditions. Speed limits are set for clear, dry days and a road surface that is in good condition. If there's fog, rain, dust or it's dark, adjust your speed accordingly.'

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.'