Driving safely in a new city on a business trip
When it comes to safe driving, traveling to a new city can brings about a feeling of uneasiness for even the most skilled business travelers. While you've likely become accustomed to your own city’s unwritten rules, jumping on an unknown highway in a rental car requires paying more attention to your driving to avoid any accidents that may ruin a productive business trip. Follow these business travel tips below to keep yourself safe in a new city.
Big city or small, it’s always a good idea to map out your destination first. You can add a GPS Navigation unit to your car rental to easily get step by step instructions while you’re driving, otherwise, a smartphone or paper map will do the trick. Trying to program a map while driving can be as dangerous as texting, so input your destination address before heading off so you can keep your eyes on the road.
If you’re renting a car for a business trip, you should spend the first few minutes getting to know the vehicle. Adjust the mirrors, find the headlights and windshield wipers, and pick out a good radio station. You may be surprised to find that drivers playing with the radio dials is a leading cause of accidents.
In addition to different driving practices, climates and terrain vary from place to place. A narrow mountain road in Denver or a wide and fast highway through downtown Los Angles can be daunting for visitors. Take a little extra time to get comfortable with the roads so you can enjoy the new city.