Summer is a popular season for travelers and family members to take a road trip down to Denver since there isn’t nearly as much snow in July and August as any other part of the year. It’s the best time to explore the city and mountains while making time for some outdoor entertainment like concerts or a Rockies game.
Unfortunately, Denver isn’t an easy city to navigate during the hottest months of the year. Whether you’re visiting the Mile High City for the first time or you have some family visiting town, it’s important to know the common hazards that this city’s drivers face every day so that whoever’s behind the wheel doesn’t go in blindly.
Denver hasn’t had the best history when it comes to internet speeds. A few years ago, RootMetrics considered Denver to have some of the worst mobile data speeds in the nation. While there have been some slight improvements since then, the mountainous regions and cell phone service companies hold various parts of Colorado back from having faster connections compared to other states.
This can be problematic for travelers that rely on their GPS to get them around the city. If you have a stable internet connection at wherever you’re staying, start your GPS there and don’t wait until you get closer to your destination. You don’t know if you’ll end up in an area that takes 5 minutes to load Google Maps.
If you have some connection problems, pull over and find a nearby place that can help you with directions. You don’t want to be distracted on the road fidgeting with your phone.
Denver is a large city that’s set on adding and improving various buildings. In recent years, there has been a boom in the local construction industry that’s resulted in the amount of projects and the money going towards them to dramatically increase every year, and it’s not slowing down in 2019.
Before planning out your routes, you may want to look up where the major local projects are occurring throughout the city if you want a quicker and safer route to your destination. Get ready to deal with a lot of traffic during the busy building seasons like summer.
Denver’s a very popular city for walkers, joggers and bikers. There are plenty of long, wide streets like the 16th Street Mall that they can walk down and check out the finest local cuisine and shopping malls. It’s also very popular for local residents and tourists to download a scooter app and zip around the city at high speeds.
Even if you are a responsible driver, you might come across several people riding a bicycle, scooter or skateboard not paying attention to the commotion surrounding them. Give yourself enough space and time around crosswalks to avoid distracted pedestrians and remain cautious around the more popular parts of the city.
Denver is a very fun city for tourists, but there’s plenty of room for error for both visitors and residents. You should know who to contact if you need some financial assistance after a major car accident.