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At some point, most people will need to drive down a dirt road. Make sure you know the difference in driving techniques for pavement and gravel.

Most Wichita citizens don’t drive on dirt or gravel roads. But if you go far enough on Woodlawn and other Wichita roads, you will find a sudden end to the pavement. Some people have an idealistic vision of cruising down a dirt road, thanks to country music songs, but it’s important to remember that driving on dirt or gravel roads is nowhere close to driving on pavement. So before you try to drive on these dangerous roads, you need to know some rules to keep you and your passengers safe.

You’re not in Nascar – slow down: Although you won’t see speed limit signs, it’s important to remember that gravel roads are much different than pavement. The faster you drive, the easier it is to lose control. Slow down so you can react to hard-packed dirt or loose gravel. Drive at a pace that you are comfortable with. Remember that dirt or gravel roads bring more hazards such as potholes, dirt drifts or washboards. All of these can cause you to lose control and have a wreck.

Also, pay attention to signs noting sharp turns ahead. Take heed if the sign gives you an advised speed limit. Your visibility may be limited due to dust from other vehicles or weather conditions, so be aware of any warning signs.

A little dirt won’t hurt – but mud can strand you in a hurry: Even though we have dry conditions in Kansas, sometimes we get a good rain that can turn a normal gravel road into slippery mud that can leave you stuck. Before attempting to drive in these muddy conditions, try planning an alternate route. Check a map to see if there’s a paved road that you could take instead. If not, prepare your vehicle before leaving.

If you have rear-wheel drive vehicle, place weight over the rear axle (in the trunk or in the pick up bed). Also, don’t drive in the ruts, instead, keep to the high areas of the road. Ruts accumulate water, therefore, they are muddier.

Next, if you begin to slide, drive as if you were on ice. Turn your wheels in the direction of the slide and pump on the brakes. But remember, sudden turns can easily turn your car over.

Watch out for Bambi: Wildlife is a constant and unpredictable hazard on pavement as well as dirt or gravel roads. However, wildlife is more prevalent the farther away from suburban areas you travel.

Keep a lookout for signs warning you of deer or other wildlife. Although animals are every where, if deer are prominent in a certain area, there will often be a warning sign. If you see an animal, slow down and wait for the animal to cross. Be aware that if you see one deer, there will often be more on the other side of the road.

If you have had a Kansas car wreck injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.

If you have questions on what you should be looking for when you are making a decision to hire a Kansas personal injury lawyer, read our article located here.

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Ray Hodge & Associates proudly represents victims and their families across the state of Kansas, including Wichita, Andover, Derby, Goddard, Haysville, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Newton, El Dorado and Hutchinson. Call today for a free consultation all over the state of Kansas. We have proudly served clients in Sedgwick, Butler, Sumner, Harvey, Kingman and Reno Counties.