Can Your Country Car Make It In The Big City?

A new environment is always a challenge for a driver and their car. No change can be quite as disruptive as making the move from a rural environment to the city. If you want to make sure you can handle those urban roads and all that traffic, here are a few tips you need to keep in mind.

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The right car matters

Your country car might not be the best fit for the city, unfortunately. One of the biggest differences is how quickly it becomes apparent you need to fit into tighter spots. A small car might be worth the investment, but you also need to look at which cars have better fuel conservation in the city as opposed to on the highway. Parking in the tight confines of the city streets can be a nightmare, too, so it’s worth looking at lists like to find the features that can help you navigate a little more nimbly.

Pre-empt your road rage

Congestion, bad habits, roadworks and all kinds of obstacles are a lot more common and pronounced in the city. It’s no wonder people lose their temper more often on the roads there. Road rage is a real issue, but there are steps you can take to fight it. Find a podcast that helps you stay in a chill mood, even when dealing with an oaf of a driver. Set out ten to twenty minutes earlier than you need to, so you don’t feel the stress of being late, too.

Avoid the dangers of rush hour

All the added noise and the greater volume of traffic on the road can make the city seem more dangerous but, in reality, stats show that more crashes happen in rural areas. That’s not to say you should expect accidents and have help like at the ready. However, you can avoid the most dangerous and stressful time on the road by trying to avoid driving at rush hour as much as possible.

Get used to sharing the road with a lot more people

There will be more buses, more cars, and more bicycles on the road than you have ever experienced before. Defensive driving lessons can teach you to be a lot more aware and mindful of your surroundings, so you can more quickly accommodate to potential threats and extricate yourself from risky situations.

Know your place

Parking can be an absolute nightmare in the city. When you figure out where you need to go, find a few spots in advance so that you’re left wandering the road aimlessly. Apps like can be a lifesaver for just that purpose. You can not only find parking
spots, but you can even see which are available at the moment.

It might take a while to get used to the habits and challenges of city driving, but it’s worth taking that time to fully address the new risks you face instead of simply waiting to get used to it. Complacency is always a dangerous thing to take on the road with you.

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