. Cities are exciting places, full of things to do and see. But one of the things that people often see a lot more of than they want to when city travelling, is busy roads and traffic jams. Learning how to get around these problems and make the best of the situation where they are unavoidable can increase your enjoyment tremendously.
Cars are the basic mode of transportation for most cities. However, many cities were not built to handle the amount of traffic they now face on a daily basis, and traveling in a car can be slow and frustrating. Still, they are the transportation of choice for most city dwellers and visitors, except in a few places such as New York City.
The main advantage of cars is being able to go exactly where you want to go, when you want to go there, with no schedule to follow except your own. This benefit trumps the unpleasantness of driving in heavy traffic or getting stuck in traffic jams, for many. Individualism has made this type of independence very attractive to people in most of the Western world.
Another advantage of a car is for people that are elderly or disabled. Those who can’t walk between public transit stops, or climb freely in and out of buses and taxis, may find that a car is the only practical way for them to get around. Cars can be personalized for comfort and modified for special needs in a way that public transit and cabs cannot, as well.
In some cities, public transit is the way of life. These cities are common on the east coast of the United States, and in some parts of Europe and Asia. This is only practical because these cities have extensive networks of trains and buses, plus many easily-available cabs when needed in order to get to an unserviced location, though.
Other cities are less well equipped for people to use public transit. The buses may be slow or late and do not run often enough. There is no useful train system in most American west coast cities, though there are some exceptions. The trains that do exist do not service enough of the city to be particularly helpful. Cabs can rarely be flagged down, but must instead be called for.
If you are going to drive in a large metropolitan area, learning the traffic patterns can make all the difference. If you are a visitor, asking someone who lives in the area or travels there a lot is a good idea. Failing that, you can check on the internet for areas to avoid at certain times of the day.
Whether you live there or are just visiting, city travelling can be annoying at best. Sometimes you might end up spending more time on the road than at your destination. But many people find the benefits quite worth it, and with a little luck and a lot of information, you can take some of the problems out of the experience.