City driving

Driving in inner-city areas can be stressful – there are more cars on the road, as well as pedestrians, bikes, delivery trucks, taxis and public transport.

Remember that your parent/supervisor is an invaluable resource – use their experience to help you come up with strategies for handling the extra pressures of inner-city driving.

Start with Tactics for tricky situations to help you plan your approach. We’ve put together some tips to keep in mind on city roads – as you get more experience, you’ll be able to add many more to the list.

  • Plan your route and mentally practise where you'll be going.

  • Ideally, peak hour should be avoided – if it’s not possible, prepare yourself to be patient.

  • Where possible, stick to one lane. It might seem like frequently changing lanes will get you there faster, the difference will be minimal, and you will increase your chance of a collision.

  • City driving is often busy and drivers can become impatient – don’t take it to heart if another driver becomes frustrated with you.

  • Similarly, if another driver or pedestrian makes a reckless move, stay calm. Notice what they did wrong and pat yourself on the back for how well you handled the situation.

  • Often city lanes will be designated for specific actions – such as ‘left turn only’. Keep looking well ahead to make sure you remain in the correct lane.

  • Making turns on city roads can be confusing; it’s important to get as much experience as possible with tricky turns, but if you’re not sure whether it’s safe or legal, continue driving straight and turn when you feel safe. 

  • Pay close attention to parking restrictions – parking inspectors in city areas are particularly efficient!

Keys2drive is an Australian Government-funded program providing learner drivers and their parents/supervisors a free driving lesson with a Keys2drive accredited professional driving instructor