City Driving Tips

City Driving Tips

City Driving Tips

Written by Pinckney Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM

Driving in a city can be an adventure, and things like clogged expressways, finding parking, tons of red lights, and construction can make things nearly impossible. City driving can turn an otherwise mild-mannered person into a raging sociopath. Fortunately, there are a lot of things you can do to make your city driving experience better when you are driving. We here at Pinckney Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM have compiled some tips that can turn those otherwise unpleasant city drives into a dream.

Get a vehicle that fits with city driving

Whether or not you can find a parking space in the city more often than not depends on your vehicle’s size. There are many paid parking lots in the city that seem only to have spaces for compact cars. If you tend to drive a lot in the city, having a smaller vehicle can be impactful in getting a parking space and taking dings, scrapes, and dents out of the equation. Here at Pinckney Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we have a wide selection of smaller vehicles that are sure to suit all of your needs when driving in the city.

Think about manual vs automatic

Vehicles with manual-transmission can be a lot of fun and are often more fuel-efficient. However, when you are stuck in stop and go traffic driving a vehicle with a manual transmission can make your city driving experience more stressful and tiring, especially if you drive in a place with many hills. It’s important to weigh the tradeoffs between manual and automatic transmission, especially if you are doing a lot of city driving. Here at Pinckney Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we have plenty of vehicles with manual and automatic transmission and if you are unsure which one is best for you, ask our experts!

Calculate the MPG

Driving frequently in the city will often lead to worse gas mileage. This is why there is a distinction between city and highway mpg estimates on your vehicle’s window sticker. When you are thinking about purchasing a new vehicle, it’s best to combine the cost of fuel with the manufacturer’s lowest mpg numbers. That way, you’ll have some idea about what you’ll be paying and how often you will be going to the gas station. Here at Pinckney Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, we have a wide range of vehicles that get outstanding gas mileage and are perfect for city driving.

Approach driving with caution

Driving in the city can be extremely difficult if you are new to the city. Residents usually know what routes to avoid, but people who are new don’t. It will be helpful to you to check routes ahead of time so that you avoid construction sites and traffic jams. If a two-lane interstate turns into an eight-lane expressway as you get closer to the city, be sure that you are in one of the right-hand lanes. This will allow you to slow down and take a look at unfamiliar signs. If you are not used to the city and an exit sneaks up on you, you’re going to want to make sure you’re in the correct lane, so you are not crossing over into lanes of traffic. If necessary, get off at the next exit and work your way back. If your next exit is way off, check a map so you can triangulate your destination faster.

Remember to have your air filter replaced

When you are driving in the city, you are going to encounter some smog and soot. The air filter in your vehicle’s cabin protects you from breathing the worst of the fumes and all of the particles they carry. If a stranger can write “Wash Me” on your rear windshield, you’re going to want to change your air filter. Luckily, our technicians here at Pinckney Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram have the know-how to change your air filter before it’s too late.

Get a new or pre-owned vehicle at Pinckney Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM

Here at Pinckney Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM, we have a wide selection of new and pre-owned vehicles perfect for city driving. Whether you are looking for a vehicle with a manual or automatic transmission or one that gets great gas mileage, we are sure to have the exact vehicle you’re looking for. You can head down to the dealership and take a look at our showroom or check out the entire inventory here on our website. We look forward to serving all of your automotive needs here at Pinckney Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.