view from the buggy

This photo shows a Lancaster General Health doctor doing field research for a pamphlet on safe driving by taking a ride in an Amish buggy. 

Driving through Lancaster County and other parts of rural Pennsylvania will provide views of cornfields, cows and barns as well as horse and buggies, which move at speeds around 10 miles per hour. 

Here are eight tips to ensure everyone's safety while driving through Amish country:

Slow down 

If you are approaching a horse and buggy, 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

Horse and buggy drivers may not be able to see you behind them.

Leave plenty of space

This space between your vehicle and a horse and buggy givees 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.

Buggies keep to the right

Horse and buggies will drive as close to the right hand side of the road as possible.

Buggy drivers use hand signals

Buggies will merge toward the center when making a left-hand turn. Drivers will often use turn signals or hand gestures to alert motorists. 

Horses may not have reflective harnessing

At night, buggies are illuminated but the horse may be dark without reflective harnessing and can be difficult to see. 

—"Drive Safely in Amish Country," Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Drive Safely in Amish Country pamphlet

This is the first page of Drive Safely in Amish Country, the pamphlet Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health created with state and local partners.