City Driving Tips

Albuquerque may not be the biggest city, but it still poses some of the traffic and parking challenges of a big city. To optimize your fuel efficiency and ease into available parking, follow these city driving tips:

Tip 1: If You Can Avoid Traffic, Do

If your schedule is flexible, avoid driving during the busiest hours. Near the Big-I, that’s between 7:00 and 9:00 am and 4:00 to 7:00 pm. If you have to commute with the rest of the city on bankers’ hours, give yourself plenty of time so that you don’t have to rush.

Tip 2: Plan Your Route

When you have multiple stops, plan your route so that your stops are in order. For those who like a challenge, try to plan your route so that all your stops are in order on the right side of the street to avoid turning across head-on traffic lanes.

The same piece of advice goes when driving in an unfamiliar city. Before heading out, plan your route with a map or navigation device

Tip 3: Pick a Lane and Stick to the Lane

You might feel like you’re getting to your destination faster when you weave between lanes to get one car-length ahead, but that behavior increases your risk for an accident and (although we don’t have research to prove it) probably increases your own blood pressure.

Tip 4: Use Parking Assist Technology

For those with rear-assist technology, use it to neatly fit into parking spaces. Proper parking alignment allows others to comfortably fit their vehicles in neighboring spaces and minimizes the risk that your car will be damaged by neighboring vehicles and/or traffic.

Tip 5: Secure Your Car

At the very least, always lock your car. For extra prevention, consider installing a car alarm, wheel lock and/or starter disable switch.

Stay safe and have an enjoyable commute, Albuquerque!