Safe Driving in Amish Country

Driving through rural Pennsylvania will provide views of cornfields, cows, barns and horse-drawn buggies moving at speeds of around ten miles per hour or less.

To ensure everyone is safe on our roadways:

  • Slow down when approaching and passing horse-drawn buggies. Leave plenty of room to pass where it is safe and allow at least 20 feet in front of the horse before returning to the travel lane.
  • Do not follow too closely, as drivers of horse-drawn buggies may not be able to see you behind them.
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the horse-drawn buggy. This space gives you time to react.
  • When stopped at a stop sign or stoplight, stay back! Buggies often roll back a few feet after coming to a complete stop.
  • Do not blow your horn! Horses can be unpredictable and are easily spooked.
  • Horse-drawn buggies will drive as close to the right hand side of the road as possible.
  • Buggies will merge towards the center when making a left-hand turn. Driver will often use turn signals or hand gestures to alert motorists.
  • Remember, at night, the buggy is illuminated but the horse may be dark without reflective harnessing and can be difficult to see.

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