Route YC

Road Safety

When visiting the Yorkshire Coast, driving along our stunning Yorkshire Coast is a wonderful experience with many fantastic views and hidden gems to discover along the way. We’d hate for you to miss some of this because you were driving too fast – prepare to slow down and #enjoytheride.

Here's our guidance to help you enjoy Route YC safely.

Route YC

In a nutshell

  1. Plan before setting off on your journey, know the types of roads that you will be using, and take plenty of rest stops to combat fatigue. There's loads of beauty spots and foody places to do this safely.

  2. Be patient with other road users -- only overtake when it's safe to do so.

  3. Prepare for the unexpected -- like tractors and wildlife and look out for other more vulnerable roads users such as cyclists, motorbikes, and walkers.

The detail

Route YC is made up country roads and these can often present more unexpected hazards than standard A roads. The key thing is to read the road ahead -- look out for upcoming bends, hidden dips, blind summits and concealed entrances. Country roads often have sharp bends. To stay in control and give yourself time to react to unexpected hazards, brake before the bend or summit.

Overgrown verges, bushes and trees on country roads can also block your view and potentially obscure an oncoming hazard. Always drive at a speed which will allow you to stop in the distance you can see to be clear. Allow more time to stop on wet or slippery surfaces.

If you get stuck behind a slow-moving vehicle, be patient. Dips and summits in roads, bends and other junctions joining the road you are on, often hide oncoming vehicles, so unless it's absolutely essential, DON'T overtake.

If passing more vulnerable road users such as horse riders, cyclists and walkers, pass wide and slow and give them as much room as you would a car. Recent guidance from the Highway Code requires a minimum of 1.5 metres when passing a cyclist.

Even if you're familiar with a country road, never take it for granted as the conditions can be different every time.

Speed Limits

The national speed limit on single carriage roads is 60mph, however it doesn't mean it's safe to drive at this speed in all conditions. There will be times you need to drive under that to drive correctly for the conditions. You can refresh yourself with The Highway Code which should be adhered to be all drivers.

Please allow traffic behind you to overtake safely if you are travelling at below the speed limit. If you are on single track roads, pull into passing places on your left to allow drivers behind to pass.