City living is great because you have everything you need at your doorstep. But, there will be times where you need a car to get from A to B. Sure, one could go out and use public transport. And, for the most part, it’s a practical solution.
Of course, cars offer comfort, privacy, and more independence than public transport. They are also useful for carrying cargo across the city and beyond. The only trouble is; finding somewhere to park your car in such a populated environment is hard.
You could end up spending a long time trying to find a parking space. And it might not even be big enough if you drive a large vehicle! Are you planning to buy a car to use in the city? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
I won’t give you tips on how to buy a car because there are around a million articles online that do that. What I will do is share with you some tips on how to be savvier with your driving (and parking) in the city. I’ll also show you which types of cars are the best to buy. Here is what you need to know:
Don’t buy anything larger than a supermini
In case you wondered, a “supermini” is an ultra-compact car. Examples include the Mini and the Fiat 500. Yes, they are small cars, but that’s what you need when you live in the city. It’s a well-known fact that parking spaces are at a premium where you live.
Some folks might be lucky enough to enjoy off-street parking where they live. But, if you live in a flat in central London, for example, off-street parking will be nothing more than a dream! The good news is superminis offer plenty of cabin space.
That means it’s comfortable enough for four adults to sit inside. And, of course, you can carry a good amount of cargo too. Although perhaps not with as many adults in the car!
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Buy some tough tyres for your car
Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can enjoy driving on smooth roads. In fact, it’s likely that you’ll come across potholes and broken tarmac in the city more than in the suburbs.
Examples of tough tyres to get are the Pirelli Cinturato P1 Verde and the Dunlop Sport. Let’s face it; the last thing you want to do is keep buying new tyres each year. That’s why it’s crucial you choose the best and toughest tyres for city driving.
Get front and rear parking sensors fitted
You might be a good judge of space when you’re in the car. But, can your eyes see through metal and plastic as well as glass? If the answer is no, you’ll need some parking help.
Front and rear parking sensors are cheap to buy and have fitted. I recommend getting a garage to fit them because holes have to get made in your bumpers. You can even have the sensors sprayed the same colour as your bumpers for a seamless finish.