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Moving to an urban area and the risk of a traffic accident

There are a lot of auto accident risk factors to watch out for, from busy streets to bad weather. Sometimes, those who drive in urban areas are especially likely to encounter certain hazards on the road, especially in comparison to those who live in rural areas that are relatively quiet. For some drivers, such as those who do not have very much experience driving in a large city, this can make driving especially dangerous. If you have recently moved to an urban area from the countryside, or plan to do so soon, it is important to be aware of these concerns.

In many rural areas, roads are quieter and daily life may not be very hectic (at least in comparison to a large metropolitan area). It may be easy to find parking spaces and drivers may be far less aggressive. On the other hand, driving in a city can be tricky, to say the least. Some people may speed because they did not realize how long it would take to drive to a particular location and they have an important meeting, while others may not be used to driving during rush hour traffic.

As if these differences are not challenging enough, people may be especially likely to become involved in a wreck after moving to a city because they are unfamiliar with the roads. They may be reliant on their GPS and using electronic devices for navigation can be distracting. Furthermore, drivers may not know which roads to avoid due to increased traffic hazards (crowded streets, sharp turns, bad signage, difficult intersections and so on).

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