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SA Driving....or not

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SA Driving....or not


I will be flying into SA in sept and as I will be expected to travel all over I will be driving. I live in the UK so we drive on the left side! and more terrifying than that is I am a fairly new driver!

I am for want of a better word bricking it!! I want to go to North Star mall should I get the chance, getting to my hotel is my greatest fear, if I remember rightly there's a 1 way system!!

I have been to SA 3 times now and never had to drive myself, can anyone help me out other than to suggest sat nav which is already a given!!!!

Thank you

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1. Re: SA Driving....or not

The only thing i can suggest is to ( if possible ) stay in the far right lane and drive as slow as the limits will allow untill you get comfortable with it. You might want to look up the Texas Dept. of Safety to see if they can give you some helpful info. Best of luck to you.

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My recommendation would be to stay at a hotel near north star. there are 2 hotels that offer airport transportation Courtyard Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. They are also walkding distance to North Star. If I remember correctly, they also transport you to and from North Star Mall.

I have included their websites. I hope this helps.



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Oh you poor thing!

My recommendation is to try and avoid rush hour as much as possible.

Like bevisbf said, stay in the right lane (traffic will have to merge with you) and drive as slowly as the traffic allows. Concentrate on the car in front of you and not the cars zooming past you.

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In your shoes, I'd go to La Cantera mall instead of North Star. Gads...I live here and have been driving forever, but if there is anyway on earth I can avoid I-410 and the construction (think concrete barriers right next to the lane line), which North Star is off, I do. I've done such a great job of that in the 2.5 years we've lived here in fact, that I have YET to go to Northstar!! LOL Pretty cool record if I do say so myself, considering the fact that I'm an inveterate shopper.

For me, there is nothing in North Star that would cause me to get on I-410. Nothing. Furthermore, La Cantera, which is new, is by far the better mall and driving around it is actually pleasurable.

bevisbf offers good driving advice as far as staying to the right and keeping your speed down until you are comfortable. Aside from the construction, this city is better than many others for driving. Most people are very courteous. They don't lay on their horns if you are slow or hesitant. It is refreshing. Rent an automatic and a size you are comfortable with...most likely compact. The only roundabout here is a teeny one in La Cantera where 9 times out of 10, you are the only car. Roundabouts and narrow Lake District roads were our biggest issues in the UK. LOL...that and the fact that I kept going to what I thought was the passenger door to get back in the car, only to find the steering wheel and my husband asking me if I wanted to drive now! ::> I hope your trip is super. After a day or so, you'll be driving like a pro...or at least like the average Texan.

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5. Re: SA Driving....or not

I must admit we also had some problems driving form the rentalcar pu location near the a/p to down town San Antonio but the gps worked perfectly. We have stayed at 2 locations in SA, at the Riverwalk at Hawthorn Suites and near I410 at the Doubletree. That was in 2005 and I410 was under construction already and very busy as mentioned before. Is your hotel down town?

Best advice already given by Bevisbf and I agree with OO, courteous drivers and you'll get used to driving on the "right" side of the road soon. No worries


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Although most San Antonio people shun public transpo(The Bus),I would use it if I were you...Gets there very safely,but slower.....I have lived here off and on for 20 years and the roads are ALWAYS under construction...There seems to be an alien in charge of planning,as there appears to be no method to the madness..IE...Close I-10 0n a beautiful weekend to 1 lane..FYI...In the future,stay at a quality Hotel,that offers shuttles to popular areas....

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The first time I was to drive in England, I was scared to death. What I did was, I just sat in the driver's seat for about a minute visualizing driving on the left. I would've taken longer, but I had my family along and everybody was ready to get going after a long flight.

Then I followed another car out of the rental lot at Gatwick, praying and thinking "stay left, stay left" (which I still do when I first drive there). I managed the roundabout without anyone getting killed, then it got easier pretty quickly.

As always, you'll want to be able to concentrate on your driving, so make sure to get your route straight in your mind before you set out.

You'll do fine.

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Good post.

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hopefully there will not be flooding like a just saw on the news a few minutes ago, the tropical storm is saturating the already waterlogged land and rivers and lakes in some parts of SA and other parts of texas

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