A strip road is a dirt road with two narrow, parallel strips of asphalt, one for each wheel. Roads of this kind can be found in parts of southern Africa, particularly Zimbabwe. The limited road construction budgets of South African nations meant strip roads could be developed as an improvement over dirt trails without incurring the higher cost of building completely paved road surfaces. However, driving on them presents a few challenges:

With oncoming traffic the correct protocol is to edge over so that the car occupies just one strip to let the approaching vehicle pass. The same hold true when a vehicle is being overtaken, but at that point the passing car is going at higher speed. Maintenance hasn’t been a high priority on many of them and the asphalt trips alone can be in precarious shape let alone the dirt portions on each side of the strips as rain and other erosion factors leave potholes that can easily wreck ordinary engineered cars.

Citroëns have proven to be popular on strip roads commencing with the Floating-power ride of the 1930s C4 and C6 models where the engine and chassis vibration was reduced by placing rubber mounts between them.

The introduction of robust torsion bar suspension on the Traction Avant in 1934 further popularized their presence on strip roads and of course the long travel suspension of the 2CV made it a ubiquitous choice from the 1950s on.

From the late 1950s onwards, the ability to glide along undue surfaces in a Citroën DS with its hydropneumatic suspension afforded an uncanny mastery of strip roads. The DS, ID and subsequent hydropneumatic Citroën models were the preferred cars in such environments.

We would be amiss if we did not mention Peugeot for its soft suspension and Mercedes Benz. Both marques offered durability but they were hardly as sophisticated as hydropneumatic Citroëns, clearly giving them the edge in comfort and control.