5 Tips for Driving in Unfamiliar Places

Driving Auto Attorneys Cape Coral FLDriving in an unfamiliar area can be intimidating, especially if you’re a long way from home. Not to mention, other drivers can become aggressive if you drive slowly or make sudden stops. Fortunately, our car accident attorneys are here to help with their 5 tips for driving in unfamiliar places.

We want to make sure you stay safe on our roads. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to request a consultation with our auto accident attorneys.

1. PAY ATTENTION TO THE SPEED LIMIT

Don’t drive distracted! It can be easy to miss road signs when you’re trying to look for your turn or read passing business signs. However, it’s important that you pay attention to speed limit signs. The speed limit for each area is carefully chosen based on traffic, pedestrians, as well as proximity to schools and residential neighborhoods.

If you’re unfamiliar with an area, it’s okay to drive a little below the speed limit. Just make sure you stay in the right lane if possible so other vehicles can pass if they want.

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2. DO YOUR RESEARCH

Check out your route and destination ahead of time with Google Maps, MapQuest, or other online map tools. Google Maps even has a Street View feature that allows you to actually see your route as if you were there. Take advantage of these tools and you’ll feel less overwhelmed when driving in an unfamiliar area.

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3. DON’T RELY ON GPS ALONE

While GPS is great for drivers in unfamiliar territory, it shouldn’t be your only navigational tool. GPS is helpful for urban areas and will map most (if not all) streets. However, GPS may not recognize less-traveled roads in rural areas.

If you’re planning to drive somewhere new, write down your directions on an index card. That way, you have backup information if your GPS fails you. You should also have local and state maps in your glove box. Unlike your smartphone, good old-fashioned maps never get low batteries.

4. STAY CALM

Don’t panic if you miss your turn. Instead, pull into a parking lot or driveway and turn around. You’re more likely to cause a car accident if you suddenly slam on your brakes or swerve into another lane to make your turn at the last minute. Keep your cool and remember that you can always turn around.

If you get into an auto accident caused by another driver’s negligence, don’t hesitate to call our personal injury law firm to request a consultation with one of our car accident attorneys.

5. USE YOUR TURN SIGNAL

Use your turn signal when you want to change lanes or turn. That way, other drivers will know what your intentions are and drive accordingly.

When you’re driving in an unfamiliar area, it can be easy to forget good driving habits. Use your turn signal and follow the rest of our tips to reduce your chances of getting in a car accident.

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Our auto accident attorneys will do everything in their power to hold the other driver responsible for their negligence. Even if you were partially responsible for the auto accident, you may still be eligible to receive compensation.

Our car accident lawyers are proud to serve clients from Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and surrounding areas. To request a consultation, call Lusk, Drasites, & Tolisano, P.A. at (800) 283-7442.

This blog post has been updated.

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