#1 - Safety First.
Parking on the shoulder of a country road can be dangerous!
- Make sure you have at least a car's width of shoulder to pull over to. If necessary, for your own safety and that of others, drive further along until you have a reasonable amount of shoulder to park on. A little walking won't hurt ya.
- Put your hazard lights on.
- Check - and then check again - that you are clear to open your car door.
- Be aware of traffic. Not just cars and pickup trucks, but heavy farm machinery. Combines, tractors, hay balers, harvesters, irrigators, and the like can take up MOST of a country road, and they often use the shoulder to make it easier for regular traffic to pass around them. Be aware of how busy the road is. if there is a lot of traffic, consider coming back to the area at another time.
- Stay as far away from the road as you can when you are making your photographs.
- If you are pulling over at dusk, wear reflective clothing.