Driving Your Car in an Unfamiliar Place


Driving on an unfamiliar road can easily result in an accident, especially if the driver isn’t confident in his or her knowledge of the area.

Since situations will differ from one place to another, drivers in an unfamiliar area should always use extra caution.

Driving Your Car in an Unfamiliar Place

Here are a few quick and easy ways to alleviate stress when driving your car in an unfamiliar place.

Avoid Unexpected Direction Changes

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

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.

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.

Pay Close Attention to Your Environment

In some places, having a herd of cows stand in the middle of the road is common among the locals, but strange for out-of-towners. Understanding your environment will make it easier for you to anticipate the types of situations you might encounter.


Alex Todd Brand Manager at Easyinsure commented "Make sure you’re fully concentrating when driving. You should be able to use the signage and road markings to safely drive on an unfamiliar road. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by music, map reading or passengers in your car. Put your mobile phone somewhere out of sight so you’re not tempted to check it while driving."


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