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By Erin Thompson on May 4, 2020 in Safe Driving

Moving can be stressful, boy do we feel you there! It starts with all the boxes to be packed and then unpacked, the moving trucks to be scheduled, the remodeling of a completely new space, and the list goes on. While we can’t predict the future, we can help with car safety when exploring your new city!

Be Patient with Traffic

You probably FINALLY adjusted to the traffic patterns where you were. You knew exactly how long it would take you to drive to work based on that pesky stop light on Broadway that always took 5 extra minutes. You’re in a new city and the timing for traffic will be a little different! Remember to be patient and give yourself extra time to learn the drive around your new area.

Always Lock your Car

This one is pretty important, new city or not! Even when you lock your car, try to avoid leaving items overnight and hide your valuables. There are break-ins that stem purely from the sight of a valuable item hanging out in the passenger seat. Let’s try not to incentivize a thief to break the glass!

Beware of Parking

Parking, even in your hometown can throw you curveballs! In terms of safety, go for the parking spots that are well-lit and have plenty of space. This’ll help you avoid leaving with a door ding because another car took that close spot that was just a little too tight. Unfortunately, parking has other challenges. Check for “no parking” signs or meters you need to feed to make sure you are able to park there (no boots on your vehicle today)!

Look for Pedestrians

Pedestrians are more prevalent in certain cities. If you’ve moved to one of those cities, you’ll find out very soon. Try to drive slow in high populated areas and keep your eyes out for people darting across the road. Remember, pedestrians have the right of way, so be sure to stop and let them cross at the crosswalks around town!

Set Anti-Theft Devices

Countless anti-theft devices exist! Honestly, it’s crazy how many ways you can protect your car. Digital Trends put together a pretty good list of anti-theft options for you to take for a spin if you want to be as safe as possible. Here at Say, we even have a discount that you could get for having an anti-theft device.

While we highlighted these five tips to be safe in a new city, many, many more exist! Don’t forget the priority is the safety of you and those around you. You can be late for that meeting or take a wrong turn as long as you arrive safely!

Erin Thompson is the Marketing Manager for Say Insurance. She's responsible for guiding the strategic direction of all Say marketing campaigns. Prior to joining Say, Erin worked for a media agency based in Columbia, MO. She spent several years developing successful advertising campaigns for a diverse set of clients across the United States. Erin began her career in television advertising after earning her Master’s from the University of Missouri Journalism School with an emphasis in Strategic Communication. Her love of communication and helping people directed her to the insurance world.