Top Tips for City Driving
August 18, 2014 at 4:40 PM
Driving in the city poses many special challenges. There is traffic, trying to find a parking spot and of course the challenge of getting where you want to go on time and with your nerves intact. Here are our top tips for city driving:
- Stick to a single lane. Many people tend to switch lanes and weave in and out of traffic, hoping that it will get them to their destination sooner. This kind of behaviour will get you to your destination only a few seconds earlier and increases your risk of being in a collision.
- Consider driving an automatic car if you are going to be doing a lot of city driving. You will get a lot better gas mileage and it will be a lot easier to drive if you are not constantly changing gears as you are driving in stop and go traffic.
- Be on the lookout for pedestrians when you are driving in any city. Pedestrians can be anywhere and may run out in front of you at any time – they do not always wait for a crossing as an opportunity to cross the street.
- When you are driving in an unfamiliar city, use a navigational system to guide you or have your route mapped out. Make sure that you have plenty of contingency plans if you miss a turn or a place that you want to reach.
- Stay alert and take in everything around you. There is a lot going on in the city with taxis, busses, big delivery trucks, emergency vehicles, cyclists, motorcycles and plenty of other cars. You have to keep an eye one what is going on at all times and make sure that you drive at a speed that allows you to stop if something occurs suddenly in front of you.
- Slow down. Be prepared to stop quickly if something should occur in front of you. Make sure that you are doing the speed limit, but look all around you and stay alert.
- Keep an eye out ahead so that you are prepared for what is coming up next. Some lanes may change to a “right turn only” or a “left turn only” or a “bus lane only”. Whatever the case, you want to be certain that you are ready for everything that is going to occur on the road in front of you.
- Plan your route and practice driving it in your mind so that you will be mentally prepared for it once you it the city streets. If you are not confident or feel nervous, it can affect your driving and make it difficult to concentrate.
- Don’t panic. Many people driving in the City can become impatient and lay on their horn or make a nasty comment to you if you make a mistake. Don’t let this rattle you, just carry on with your route and concentrate on getting there safely.
- Drive smoothly. Don’t take off quickly from a stop only to brake hard at the next light. Accelerate slowly and drive at a constant pace. It is easier on your car and on your mileage.
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