At some point you’re likely to encounter a horse on the road while driving, especially on country roads. Here are a few tips to help keep everyone safe.
- What you should do when approaching a horse on the road in a car
- What does the Highway Code suggest?
- Important things to remember when driving around horses
Highway Code advice on driving near horses
Horses are unpredictable animals and can be easily scared. The Highway Code states that when passing horses you should always treat them as a potential hazard.
Rule 215 of the Highway Code urges motorists to take particular care when overtaking horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles. It points out that horse riders are often children and that riders may be riding in double file when they’re accompanying an inexperienced rider.
It advises drivers to keep their speed down on narrow country roads and on bends. If a road is blocked by a horse or other animal, it recommends bringing your car to a complete stop, switching off the engine and waiting until they have left the road.
As a driver, it’s important to take extra care – especially when driving around bends – so you can see horses and their riders in plenty of time and take appropriate action.