Driving on Unfamiliar Roadways

Driving a vehicle on unfamiliar roads may place you in a vulnerable position, especially if you are not confident in your driving abilities.


Since traffic rules and situations may differ from one city to another, travelers who are driving a rental vehicle in an unfamiliar area should always use extra caution. Read the following tips to increase your confidence when driving on unfamiliar roads.

Develop Confidence While Driving

St. Louis car accident attorneys offer the following tips that may help a driver increase his or her confidence while driving a rental vehicle on unfamiliar roadways.

1. Be Aware of Traffic Laws in the Area

This is an essential tip particularly for people traveling outside the country. Aside from avoiding traffic violations, becoming aware of traffic laws allows drivers to know the traffic situation in a particular area. Roundabouts, strange traffic signs, or weird intersections may be present in some towns, and it will be easier for drivers to navigate these unfamiliar areas if they are knowledgeable about these features.

2. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

A herd of cows in the middle of the road may be a familiar sight for local residents, but it may be something new or surprising for visitors. Drivers from the south may find icy roads difficult to manage while city dwellers may not know how to handle traffic caused by farm vehicles. Drivers can prepare for any traffic condition if they are aware of the situation in a particular area. It is also advisable to know the weather conditions of a particular area before visiting it.

3. Be Aware of Landmarks

Drivers should be familiar with the map of an area they visit for the first time. While traveling, drivers should take into account the connection between notable landmarks and the map. Drivers can easily identify their location and reach their destination if they are familiar with notable structures.

4. Use a GPS

Many rental vehicles feature a GPS system as add-ons. Using a GPS add-on is a cost-effective method of avoiding getting lost.

Common Road Rules

1. Avoid Unexpected Direction Changes

Drivers should wait and find the next available exit if they miss an exit or turn. Unexpected changes in direction using a rental vehicle may result in illegal or unsafe maneuvers, which can endanger the passengers and other vehicles on the road.

2. Use Turn Signals Properly

When making a turn, it is essential for drivers to use the turn signal in advance to warn other drivers of an upcoming turn.

3. Slow Down

Being patient is necessary while driving on unfamiliar roads. Driving at a lower speed allows a driver to react appropriately to unforeseen obstructions on the road, such as curves, animals, potholes, and debris.

These tips have been provided by The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. Enjoy your traveling and stay safe. If you are injured by a negligent driver, please contact us at (314) 361-4242. We help victims of motor vehicle accidents receive their full and fair compensation.


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