Driving in Indianapolis can be a bit foreign to outsiders. While the driving itself obviously is the same, the roads can be a bit different and that can create some daunting driving experiences for newbies. These are the key things to know before driving in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis has countless interstates that run through it. The city is known as the crossroads of America, and for good reason, lots of roads cross here! If you are coming to Indianapolis from a city that does not have many interstates, this will likely be hard to navigate at first. We suggest first becoming accustomed to driving on interstates overall. Know that it is different than regular road driving and gain comfort on them. From there, when on Indianapolis interstates, watch road signs to know what interstate you are on and know where you need to go to get on another or off on a regular road.
Expect Many Roundabouts
These are hit or miss for many. Some people are very familiar with roundabouts, while others are lost. This completely depends on where you have driven before because some places just do not have any roundabouts, while other cities are full of them. If you are new to encountering roundabouts, these are some rules you will want to follow:
Do not switch lanes once you enter the roundabout.
Know that those in the roundabout have the right of way.
This means once you are in the roundabout, you have the right of way. This means you do not have to stop for oncoming traffic to enter, they are yielding to you.
When entering, make sure you are cautious and attentive.
Rush hour is something that exists in just about every major city. Still, if you are not used to it, but plan to drive in Indianapolis, we suggest you get used to the idea. In Indianapolis, the rush hour averages from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.