Private car transport – Auto driving Tips

Car owner tips / Chicago drivingDriving tips / By Dellcy Auto Transport

Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. and our domestic town. It is famed for its bold architecture, with a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, standing 1,451-ft, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Not least, Chicago is known for its wind and vibes, producing countless experiences second to none, but unique to it only #ONLY1CHICAGO. We at Dellcy are naturally proud of our city, but do have to concede it can be a challenge to drive in, if you’re not accustomed to it or unaware of the tips and tricks it commands. So before we welcome you please go through our most important tips for driving in Chicago.

Raise your awareness and treat it with calm and pragmatism

Like any large city, Chicago can intimidate a first time visitor or driver, there are many more factors to take into account at all times—street signs, signals, pedestrians, cyclists, and heavy traffic. While streets are well-marked and GPS is reliable in our city, there are still some things you’ll need to know before getting behind the wheel in Chicago. You should always pay attention while driving,  in cities you should be even more aware of your surroundings. There are so many moving parts and things going on that you need to be more alert. Don’t let that stress you out, though! Try to stay as calm as possible so that you make good decisions and do not make a mistake or succumb to road rage. As a first time driver please mind the following general pieces of advice:

  • No smart phones or hand held electronic devices (According to House Bill 4846, it is illegal to use a hand-held communication device while driving in Illinois. Make sure to load your GPS before driving and use a hands-free device if you need to make a call);
  • Mind the grid pattern (Similar to most cities, Chicago is set up on a grid pattern where intersections are generally on right angles and streets run parallel and perpendicular. That should make it quite difficult to get lost in it);
  • You can turn right on the red traffic light (When you approach a red light, you’re allowed to make a right turn on red unless there is a sign that specifies otherwise. Be sure to check that no other cars are coming before turning, and watch out for bicycles. There are a lot of bicycle users and paths in Chicago);
  • Watch out for one-way streets (The Loop, which is Chicago’s downtown business district, a lot of streets are one-way. Make sure to pay attention to signs that signal one-way streets);
  • Rush hour times (Unless you enjoy being stuck in standstill traffic, avoid driving between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., as well as between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the regular rush hour times of business days of the week when most people are most likely to be commuting);
  • Check event and game times (Naturally when there are baseball, football, hockey or other games, concerts, and other events happening in the city, there will be an influx of traffic. Even though you might not be able to completely avoid the extra traffic, you can be aware of what’s going on in the city and steer clear of the areas where the events are taking place);
  • Avoid construction zones (Rather than being surprised by a construction zone while you’re driving around the city, make sure to check your navigation or look it up prior to your trip route so as to avoid the unpleasant surprise);
  • Prepare to pay a toll while driving on Illinois highways (If you don’t have change or money on hand, you can pay within seven days online. You’ll have to take note