Driving Safety

Considering its unique design, the Parkway drive is different than most and this can mean extra care to ensure a safe visit. ?Enjoy the view, but watch the road!? is our way of reminding visitors to pay extra attention along the Parkway. A few specific pointers and facts may help even more.

WEATHER
Extra vigilance is needed when driving in fog and rain. Slow down and turn on your headlights. A little caution will help assure that inclement weather only dampens picnics and temporarily impairs the scenic views.

STEEP GRADES
In some places, the Parkway has steeper grades than normally found on highways. Without paying close attention, your speed can increase far more than you expect.

UNFORGIVING ROAD SHOULDERS
The Parkway?s road shoulders are narrow in places so that the meadows or forest edges grow close to the pavement. This is part of the beauty of the drive, but may require some extra attention.

BUILT-IN DISTRACTIONS
Wildlife, wildflowers, bicyclists, and extraordinary views? all of these contribute to the Parkway experience and every traveler should be aware of these while enjoying the drive. Take advantage of the more than 250 overlooks to safely enjoy the views.

LIMITED SIGHT DISTANCES
Just as there aren?t many straight lines in the natural world, the Parkway was designed with gentle curves and not many straight sections. This is part of what makes the road seem to lie gently on the land and it also requires some extra care while driving.

SPEED LIMIT CHANGES
The Parkway speed limit is mostly 45 mph, but occasionally you will find yourself in developed areas where the driving speed drops to 25 mph.

DESCENDING RADIUS CURVES
Most highways have curves with a standard radius that never changes. In other words, you do not have to adjust your steering through the curve. A descending radius curve may “tighten” as you go through it. This is a design feature of the Parkway, but requires some extra care, especially by motorcyclists.

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