With summer on the horizon, many drivers head to major cities to seek out shopping, sun and relaxation. However, urban driving can sometimes be anything but relaxing. Busy junctions, congestion and a dizzying amount of road signs can prove hazardous to the uninitiated, which is why the Institute of Advanced Motorists is offering tips for those who are looking to drive into the city this summer.
The IAM is advising, first and foremost, to plan ahead. There may be roadworks on route, and getting detours sorted beforehand can help avoid being stuck in major delays.
Drivers are also asked to watch out for those on the road who may be new to the area, and could be driving erratically as a result. Remember, other motorists could be just as unsure as you, so give them space and allow for sudden changes of direction.
Be wary of lanes that are closed to cars, such as those for bikes and buses. It’s also easy to find yourself travelling down a one-way street – so be on the look out for road signs to avoid a potential fine.
The yellow box in the middle of junctions can also be a tricky area to negotiate. In city centres, most yellow boxes are monitored, so make sure you don’t enter them without first making sure that your exit is clear. Closely check your mirrors too, as cyclist and bikers tend to split between lanes in heavy traffic.
Richard Gladman, IAM Roadsmart’s head of driving and riding standards, added: “If you’ve missed a turning or an exit, don’t panic. Continue with your journey until you find somewhere suitable you can turn back on yourself.”
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.