How to Share the Road with Our Amish Neighbors
Check Allegany County's map to discover where our Amish neighbors live and often drive. Please stay alert when traveling all throughout Allegany County and follow the safety tips below:
Preventing Car-Buggy Crashes and Injuries
Rural roads are often narrower or may vary in width more than city streets. A narrow road give you less room to maneuver and can be especially dangerous when passing horse-drawn vehicles. A loose gravel or grass berm area can also be hazardous. Open ditches along rural roads are often deep and close to the road.
Seemingly open roadways may have sharp dips or unexpected turns. In cold weather, a road shaded by trees or buildings may be icy because then sun has not shone on that part of the roadway. Blind corners created by wooded areas, corn fields or other tall crops are also hazardous.
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At Stop Signs and Signals
Pass with Caution
Horse-drawn buggies, which are dark in color and may be difficult to spot, travel at a rate of 5 to 8 miles/hour; drastically slower than motorized vehicles. Remember these rules when passing a horse-drawn buggy: