Tips for Driving in Toronto

Tips for Driving in Toronto
While Toronto is a great city, it’s also a very congested area, especially in the downtown core. Driving in Toronto can be a frustrating experience for many drivers, as the sheer volume of commuters alone can make navigating throughout the city quite difficult.  Here are some tips for drivers looking to visit Toronto this summer:
Bring cash for parking
Parking spaces are always in high demand downtown, and can end up being quite expensive as a result. While many parking meters allow you to pay with your credit card, some spots are cash only.  To avoid running into any problems, stop by a nearby ATM before you visit.
Watch for streetcars
Not only do you have to worry about dozens of other cars on the road when driving in Toronto, but you’ll also have to be conscious of streetcars.  It is illegal to pass a stopped streetcar, as it is your responsibility to allow passengers to exit the car unscathed. Failure to do so could result in a large fine should you get caught.
Watch for busses
Like streetcars, busses are another type of public transportation you’ll have to look out for. Remember that if a bus is signalling their intent to merge into traffic, it is your responsibility to yield to the bus to allow them to do so. If you don’t, you could be on the receiving end of a very serious accident.
Be aware of one-way streets
Several of Toronto’s streets in the downtown core are one-way, which could cause a problem if you aren’t aware of them beforehand. Wellington St and Richmond St only run west, while Adelaide St (which is situated just south of Richmond St) runs eastbound.
Do not park in bike lanes
While it may appear tempting, you could face a serious fine if you opt to park in a bike lane. The city recently has been cracking down on culprits, so don’t assume you’ll be able to get away with leaving your vehicle in one for even a few minutes.
Avoid left-hand turns
For many streets in the downtown core, turning left is prohibited during rush hour, and some intersections don’t allow them altogether.  Even if you feel confident in where you’re going, you should still put your planned destination into a GPS to avoid problems like these on your trip.
Take transit if you’re not ready
If you recently got your licence or are an inexperienced driver, it’s probably for the best to avoid driving downtown. Driving in Toronto is much different than driving in a small town, and can become overwhelming for someone who isn’t well prepared.
Many commuters choose to park at a nearby GO or subway station instead, taking advantage of public transit for the remainder of their trip to avoid the headache that is Toronto traffic.  If you are going to drive, a great option for helping you navigate the city is the Waze App.