The workings of a car and the tools you use to drive are not going to change much no matter where you do it. However, the environment can change the way that you drive, the car that you drive, and how much prep work has to go with every trip. If you’re moving into the city, then it’s important to keep in mind just how different your driving experience can be and to prepare for it appropriately.
Is your motor fit for the city?
It’s important to consider the differences of not just driving but of car ownership in the city. For instance, you want to pay closer attention to how it consumes fuel in the city compared to on the motorway. Similarly, compact cars tend to be more preferable in cities simply due to how dense traffic and parking can be. When you’re buying a new car, consider looking at whether it’s best suited for the environment you’re most likely to drive in, first and foremost.
Getting used to different driving norms
There are a few differences that come with how people drive and behave in the city. For one, speed limits tend to be more strictly adhered to and enforced. Furthermore, there’s a much greater need to make your intentions clear with proactive signalling and to pay attention to changes in traffic through defensive driving. For that reason, it’s recommended you take driving lessons specifically from city-based instructors. A little practice can go a long way in helping you navigate those new roads.
Routing and parking
One of the biggest challenges of driving in a city can come with the fact that there are so many cars, delays in traffic and difficulty finding parking are almost a part of daily life. However, by doing a little advance preparation, you can help calm down the journey a little. It’s recommended you get a good idea of your route with tools like online maps instead of trying to rely on the often complicated signage in the city. There are also parking apps that can show you how much parking is available in the area around your destination, so it’s worth checking that before you arrive to a full ot, too.
Keep a cool head
Delays in traffic, a higher density of cars, and more vehicles that can cut you off or otherwise making driving a little more tense. There are plenty of things that can make driving in the city more stressful than it might otherwise be. As such, don’t be surprised if you get the feeling of bubbling road rage, even if you have never experienced it before. Make sure that you take steps to cool yourself down, whether it’s finding a playlist that helps keep you in good spirits or leaving in advance so you’re not as worried about being late.
Driving in the city may not be any more dangerous than driving in more rural environments, but it can certainly be more stressful if you’re not fully prepared for it. Hopefully, the tips above help make it all a little more manageable.