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Tips for driving in the city during tourist season

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2024 | Car Accidents |

City streets are hard to navigate even on the best days. All the stop-and-go traffic, coupled with pedestrians and bicyclists, means that drivers have to pay close attention to what’s going on around them.

All the challenges of city driving often seem to become more intense during tourist season when more people flock to the area. These tips may help drivers remain a safer during this chaotic time.

Plan your route in advance

Planning your route in advance can help alleviate stress and reduce the likelihood of getting lost or making sudden lane changes. Utilize GPS or map apps to identify the best route, considering real-time traffic conditions.

Expect pedestrians and cyclists

Cities are bustling with pedestrians and cyclists. Always be vigilant, especially at crosswalks, intersections, and in areas with high foot traffic. Yield to pedestrians, and maintain a safe distance from cyclists, giving them plenty of room when passing.

Be mindful of public transportation

Cities often have complex public transportation systems, including buses, which share the roadways. Give buses the right of way when they’re merging back into traffic from a stop. Remember, public transportation vehicles make frequent stops, so maintain a safe following distance.

Anticipate taxi and rideshare behaviors

Taxis and rideshare vehicles can be unpredictable, often stopping suddenly to pick up or drop off passengers. Anticipate sudden movements and be prepared to slow down or stop.

Use your mirrors and signals consistently

In the densely packed city environment, using your mirrors and signals becomes even more crucial. Always signal your intentions well in advance of making turns or lane changes. Regularly check your mirrors to maintain awareness of your surroundings, including vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Avoid distractions

Distracted driving is dangerous in any setting but can be particularly hazardous in the city, where the driving environment requires constant attention. Refrain from using your phone, eating or any other activity that takes your focus off the road.

Even safe drivers may be struck by a negligent motorist. These crashes can lead to serious injuries and personal injury claims. These claims provide an opportunity for a victim to try to recover some of the financial damages related to the wreck. Those who have been affected by such collisions may benefit from seeking personalized legal guidance accordingly.

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