A guide to city driving

13 Feb 2015  Written By: Beaurepaires

Getting distracted when driving in the city can be incredibly dangerous. Here at Beaurepaires, we’ve put together a list of tips and advice that will help you to drive safer on the city streets.

Driving in the city isn’t quite like driving anywhere else. The endless queue of traffic lights, numerous public transport vehicles, and hordes of pedestrians and cyclists mean that you always need to be on the alert in these ever-changing conditions. And of course, that’s not even considering the often unpredictable actions of other drivers!

With all the commotion happening around you, it can be difficult to keep your head in the game. However, getting distracted when driving in the city can be incredibly dangerous.  Here at Beaurepaires, we’ve put together a list of tips and advice that will help you to drive safer on the city streets.

  • Choose your car carefully. If you do regularly commute through the city, it’s definitely worth taking this unique driving environment into consideration when purchasing a new car. The most important aspects would be the size, fuel economy and safety features of your vehicle. Having a smaller, compact car would allow you to more easily zip around city streets and squeeze into tight parking spots, and the stop-and-start nature of driving in city traffic can definitely affect your fuel consumption so it’s advisable to look for a fuel efficient model. You can also never be too careful with your vehicle in the city, so be sure to invest in one that features advanced safety and security features.  
  • Patience is key. It’s always wise to give yourself plenty of time to get from A to B, but nowhere is this more crucial than when your route takes you through the city. You’ll need to take into account the traffic conditions at that particular time of day, and be careful to navigate around pedestrians, cyclists, trams and buses, which can all slow you down. So wherever you’re going, make sure you increase your window of travel time so you’re not caught out by any unexpected circumstances.  
  • Stay calm. Driving in the city can be stressful, especially in traffic-heavy conditions or when you’re running late for your destination. However, keeping a cool head will allow you to stay focused and get through any obstacles on the road unscathed.
  • Keep safety in mind. Keeping your possessions, your vehicle, and most of all, yourself safe in the city is always of utmost importance. Take care to always remove all valuables from your car, secure the vehicle, and always park in well-lit areas, preferably with plenty of people around.
  • Constant vigilance. Driving is one of those jobs you definitely can’t multi-task – it always requires your full and undivided attention. You never know when a momentary lapse could result in an unfortunate incident, which is why it’s crucial for you to always look out for others around you and be aware that conditions can change in a second. Drivers in the city should also ensure that they’re clearly signaling their actions to others on the road, so whether you’re switching lanes, pulling a U-turn, or backing into a parking spot, do so with plenty of space and notice.

Even drivers who have had years of experience navigating city streets should never become careless. Remember that distractions can pop up at any time both inside and outside of your vehicle, such as your mobile phone ringing or a cyclist swerving unexpectedly in front of you. It’s important you’re able to react to these incidents in a calm, collected and commonsensical manner.

If you have any questions about choosing tyres for city driving, or about driving in the city in general, be sure to reach out to your friendly Beaurepaires team. Simply give them a call or pop into the store and they’ll be more than happy to help you out.