More and more people are taking city breaks. City driving can be hugely stressful if you’re not familiar to the city you’re driving in. Here are our top tips on how to drive through the city centre with as little stress possible.
Avoid Rush Hour
Rush hour is the time where everyone is trying to get to work. This means there are a lot more vehicles on the road leading to increased collision chances as well as more traffic. Rush hour is usually around 7am-9am and 4pm to 6pm. Only travel at this time if it’s essential as rush hour can add a lot of time and stress to your journey.
Lease The Right Vehicle
The vehicle you lease can make all the difference when driving through the city. The smaller the vehicle is usually the most appropriate as you’ll be able to use back roads, find parking easier and navigate busy streets.
Speed limits can change throughout the city. Be careful that you are always alert to changes to avoid speeding charges. Furthermore, don’t be pressure from other drivers to break the speed limit if they are getting too close.
Cities are often designed to allow busses to navigate through the traffic easier. This is done through the use of bus lanes. Make sure you avoid these lanes or you could be fined unless it’s signed saying you’re allowed to use it.
Pedestrians and Cyclists
The city is packed with both pedestrians and cyclists, with both providing different dangers to you. Pedestrians can run out in front of you at any point during your journey causing you to swerve out the way or slam your breaks. Whilst cyclists can offer the same danger, they can also be difficult to spot and will often be in your blind spot. Make sure you take extra care when changing lanes for cyclists that may be behind you.
Be cautious that there is more vehicle crime in the city than rural areas. Make sure you crime proof your car to prevent break-ins happen. Have a read of a previous blog about how to prevent vehicle break-ins.
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