What factors affect urban and suburban driving?

I’m a new driver. I live in the suburbs but will have to drive downtown for work. How are urban and suburban driving different?

Rob Shapiro · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Great question! If you are someone who will drive in both urban and suburban areas, you will need to familiarize yourself with the factors that make each unique—and possibly, challenging.
Factors that may affect urban driving include:
  • Traffic density
  • More one-way streets
  • More pedestrians
  • More cars on the road
  • Slow or irregular traffic
  • More potholes
  • More construction zones
Factors that may affect suburban driving include:
  • More school zones and crosswalks
  • Lower speed limits
  • School buses
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