1. Expect the Unexpected: Any road is unpredictable, but you never know what's around the next bend in the country. Observation is key; looking ahead as far as possible. Using landmarks such as fences, treelines and power poles help give you clues to the roads direction, as do glimpses ahead from the crests of hills. Be careful and ensure to back off over crests, they are as dangerous as blind corners.
2. Changing Traction Conditions: Road conditions can change rapidly on country roads, with gravel, mud from farm machinery, even dust and grass all contributing to changes in available traction. It is also worth keeping in mind ocuntry roads are often not maintained constantly.
3. Narrow Roads, Often Unmarked: Roads can narrow considerably, or bitumen can end rapidly. This will require you to slow down. When passing another vehicle on such narrow stretches of road.
4. Animals: Particularly around dawn and dusk, look out for animals. Be wary of Possums at night-time, and remember that hitting a small animal is safer result than swerving in panic. You would be surprised how many accidents are caused this way!
5. Be Prepared: Any breakdown out in the country can result in a very long walk! Always make sure you are prepared with fresh water , a coat, plenty of fuel and always be aware of where you are on a map.