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Driving in traffic through a busy city can be challenging, risky and unpredictable, even at the best of times. If you're unfamiliar with city driving and, even worse, unfamiliar with the city in question, then the experience of driving in a city can be very stressful.
Here are a few quick tips to driving in the city for first time young drivers:
1.) Plan your route before starting your trip. Make sure you use an up-to-date map and plan your journey before setting out - this could save you a lot of time later.
2.) Check traffic reports for delays on your chosen route before setting out and have an alternative journey plan if necessary.
3.) As with any type of driving always make sure you leave yourself (and other cars) enough time by signalling in advance of making turns, changing lanes, etc. It's important to make your intentions absolutely clear to avoid accidents (and claims on your young driver insurance).
4.) Due to their very nature, cities can get very clogged with traffic so make sure you leave yourself enough time for the journey or else you may end up running behind schedule - not good if you have an important meeting or date!
5.) Stay within the speed limits - you really don't want to risk fines or accidents, especially since this could have a knock on effect when it comes to renewing your young driver insurance.
6.) Check if there are any congestion or similar charges and what you have to do to pay them. Don’t be caught out by finding out later you have missed a payment deadline.
7.) Remember - cities are busy places full of pedestrians, cyclists and other road users (such as couriers). You need to make sure you're well aware of other road users and pedestrians - check your mirrors regularly.
8.) Make sure you have enough spare change on you - especially since you may need to park your car near a parking meter or in a car park.
9.) Try to avoid changing lanes constantly, especially if it's unnecessary - the fewer manoeuvres you have to make, the less chance of making a mistake or having an accident.
10.) Missed a turning or exit? Don't panic and pull across traffic in a last ditch effort, simply carry on driving until you find an area you can turn or go back on yourself.
11.) Stay cool, keep calm and remain observant - cities are busy places.
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