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Driving In Unfamiliar Places

When you are driving a vehicle, safety should always be your top concern at all times. This is true when you are driving in your own neighborhood and it is especially true when driving in someplace that is unfamiliar. There is a certain amount of stress that comes with driving in an unfamiliar place that could lead to an accident. To avoid having to talk to a personal injury lawyer about your latest trip to a new city, there are some tips you can use to stay safe in a new area.

There are many different ways that people use to find their way around a new town. Some of the most common methods are:

  • Maps
  • Street signs
  • GPS
  • Verbal directions

The most important thing to remember about driving in an unfamiliar area is that there is a very good chance that you will get lost. Car accident lawyers take care of plenty of cases of people who went to a new area, got lost, panicked and then got into an accident. No matter what happens when you are driving in a new part of town, or in a town you have never visited, it is best to not panic and stay focused on what you are doing.

Distractions while driving are dangerous if you are not familiar with the roads and highways you are driving on. Reduce distractions by keeping the radio turned down and encouraging people to talk in low volumes. Sudden noises and persistent loud talking can break your concentration and cause you to get lost.

It is extremely important to pay attention to the road signs when you are driving in a new area. The catastrophic injury lawyers in Toronto see cases all the time where a person who is new to the area drove the wrong way down a one-way street and the results were catastrophic. One-way streets and other special kinds of traffic designations are clearly marked with road signs. When you are trying to navigate a new area, always read the road signs and pay attention to the changes in the flow of traffic.

Avoid driving too fast in a new area. Even if you feel confident that you know where you are going, you can still get into an accident if you drive too fast down a road where people are not used to dealing with speeding vehicles. When you are driving in an area that is unfamiliar, you do not know the reputation and history that each road may have. There may be roads where people habitually drive well under the speed limit, for whatever reasons. If you start to go against what the locals are used to, then that is inviting trouble. Stick to the posted speed limits and always remember to use your turn signals when making a turn. Do not put yourself in a position where your bad driving habits get you in trouble in an area that you are unfamiliar with.

 

For assistance with a personal injury and/or insurance claim, please email David Himelfarb at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com or call 1-855-446-7765, for a free case evaluation.

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