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MetiNews.Com - Every managed to successfully turn right out of Halfords on Purley Way without having a panic attack? We applaud you

London news 21 things you must be aware of when you're driving through Croydon Uk news

MetiNews.Com - Every managed to successfully turn right out of Halfords on Purley Way without having a panic attack? We applaud you

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01 August 2020 - 16:40

Breaking News ! Sign up to FREE email alerts from MyLondon - MySouthLondon NewsSubscribeWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingSee ourprivacy noticeInvalid EmailIt is no secret that driving through Croydon can be a nightmare, even at the best of times. Confusing junctions, endless speed limit changes, and seemingly only one road that isn't a bus lane, it seems about time someone made a list of things to look out for. So get comfortable, put your seatbelt on, and prepare for a two-hour delay to your morning commute because of a traffic jam on Brighton Road. Here we go ... 1. Parking your car at Valley Retail and Leisure Park is a total lottery How it is always so busy?! No matter what time you go to the car park at the Vue cinema end you find you have to drive up and down the lanes over and over hoping and praying to find an empty space or that someone happens to be leaving. And then when you get into the cinema it is only half full. Where do they all go?! 2. Drivers ALWAYS double park and dump their cars outside the shops in Selsdon Driving along the parade of shops on Addington Road can be an absolute nightmare. We all get that it is a wide road but why do so many people decide to dump their cars - either on the yellow lines or double parking to the side of another car - to quickly jump and run into a shop? And then when they've got back into their car, pull out without signalling. There must be something in the water around Selsdon as this doesn't seem to happen anywhere else in Croydon. 3. The Whitehorse Lane and Whitehorse Road roundabout isn't for the fainthearted If you are an overly cautious driver I would suggest avoiding this roundabout in and out of Thornton Heath if you can. Slowly edging your way forwards is not the way to do it at this roundabout as so many drivers appear to just go for it whether they have the right of way or not. One positive is that coming from Whitehorse Lane you can often find you are free to turn left into Whitehorse Road with ease as so many drivers block the roundabout going the other way. 4. You take your life into your own hands if you try and turn right out of Halfords on Purley Way You've popped in to get a new windscreen wiper for your car and now the real challenge begins - if you want to turn right out of the car park that is. Not only do you have the bus lane and two lanes of seemingly nonstop traffic heading left to find a gap in to get halfway across the Purley Way, you are then faced with the challenge that the traffic heading right (the direction you want to go) has just merged from two lanes to one so is constantly flowing. There are other businesses along that stretch of the road but it always appears to be more of an issue for drivers leaving Halfords. So many just give up and end up turning left to then find a new route for where they want to go. 5. Tackling Purley Cross will make you wish you'd walked If only Tesco was a drive through, you'd be able to pick up dinner and have enough time to cook it using the car's heater while you sit waiting to get round this hideous entity. If approaching it from Croydon just getting around the roundabout isn't enough for the gods of driving, because you'll then spend another few hours driving down Brighton Road before you can see the outskirts of Coulsdon. Maybe I'll just walk home next time. You need to be brave pulling out of Tesco to join the manic Purley Cross (Image: David Cook) 6. You'll need to remortgage your home to pay for parking If you are paying on the day it costs £13.10 to park in an NCP car park for between four and 24 hours. There is an early bird offer which is much cheaper but as we explained above just reaching the car park can be a mission so making it in time for that cut off won't always be possible. A bit of quick maths here - £13.10 a day means £65.50 a week, £262 a month, and £3,144 a year. You could buy three and a half golden retriever puppies for that. 7. Avoid driving round Selhurst Park on a matchday It is 4.55pm on a Saturday and a poor driver which absolutely zero interest in football attempts to drive down Holmesdale Road. Big mistake. The streets around Selhurst Park really should be blocked off to cars for a good 30 minutes after a match - for the sake of both drivers and Crystal Palace fans - as thousands of supporters make their way home by walking down the middle of the road. And if Palace haven't won, a reoccuring theme at home this season, I would not want to be the driver asking supporters to stick to the pavement. Do yourself a favour and avoid driving around Selhurst Park just before or after a match (Image: Julian Finney/Getty Images) 8. You're probably in a bus lane Particularly on your first trip to the centre of Croydon, the number of bus lanes can be a source of utter confusion. It's probably a good idea to visit Croydon at least seven or eight times on foot. Bring a pen and paper and make detailed notes, you're going to need them. My general tip is, if there's a bus in front of and behind you, it's time to panic. 9.

. It's one of those roundabouts where at certain times of the day you can be waiting what seems like hours for a gap in the traffic big enough to go for it. Even then you are often left screaming as a vehicle appears at speed from nowhere making you question whether you should have just stuck where you were for another few minutes. And things are no better if you are heading from Selsdon - where drivers seem oblivious to which lane they need to be in - or from New Addington - where there is always a battle to get into the left hand lane. How long do you think these cars had to sit at the bottom of Gravel Hill before they were able to turn right towards Selsdon? (Image: Paul Martyniuk) 10. Speed camera signs aren't lying Having grown up outside of Croydon, whenever you saw a speed camera sign in a more rural setting, there was probably a 12 per cent chance that there was actually a speed camera coming up. In Croydon, however, it's a very different story. The moment you see a sign, you better slam on those brakes - not that you were speeding - because you better believe there's a speed camera within the next 20 metres. This is by no means a criticism, just a warning to any speed camera sceptics out there. 11. Most residential roads have 20mph limits Yes, this is true. However, we'll forgive you for not believing us as no-one seems to be able to distinguish '20' from '30' anymore. As my old driving instructor used to say: "It's a limit, not a target". According to Croydon Council, the main aims of the introduction of a 20mph speed limit in an area are to: improve road safety discourage passing through traffic encourage walking and cycling improve the local environment You may well not like it, but unfortunately these are the rules, so do try to stick to the limit. We don't want anyone getting unnecessary speeding tickets! We wish we could say all drivers paid attention to the 20mph speed limit (Image: David Cook) 12. Avoid Brighton Road in the morning Anyone who regularly commutes into the borough should take note of this - give yourself an extra hour on top of the expected journey time, all because of one road. It doesn't matter how good your evasive driving skills are, you will get stuck on Brighton Road if you travel into Croydon in the morning. Make sure any passengers bring sleeping bags and plenty of water, you never know when you'll finally escape. It's almost worth thinking about leaving your car in a car park that bit further out from work and enjoying a pleasant stroll for the last bit of your journey. Almost. 13. Watch out for the trams Croydon's trams are part of the landscape of the borough, and their tracks thread neatly throughout the town, helping all manner of folk travel around. Therefore, please try not to drive on the tram tracks, it's really quite annoying for everyone. "Wow, this route is so clear!" you say to yourself. Yes, that's probably because you're driving on a tram line, you idiot. You're letting yourself down, you're letting your family down, but, most of all, you're letting Croydon down. Tram tracks are not part of the road for you to drive on 14. One of the most dangerous junctions in London I reckon most of you will be able to guess which junction this is. The Lombard Roundabout has been named as one of the most dangerous junctions in London - news which probably won't surprise motorists who use its countless entry and exit points frequently. It is the only Croydon junction to be targeted as part of Transport for London's Safer Junctions programme, meaning it will now be continually monitored and reviewed annually. Arrangements to make the Lombard Roundabout safer have now been made within TfL's business plan. So, yeah, avoid if you can. 15. Prepare to go around the Fairfield Halls roundabout seven times OK, maybe not seven, but at least six. Lane discipline completely jumps out the window the moment anyone enters this roundabout. I have been cut up at least 14 times, and I've only driven round it once. The markings in the lanes aren't particularly clear either, which, added to the reckless merging, is a recipe for mild disaster. The best thing to do is stick to your lane and hope, all you can do is try, and no-one will think any worse of you. 16. Be wary of box junctions A friend of mine was caught out by one of these. Yes, definitely a friend. My "friend" misjudged how far ahead the car in front was going to keep going and, as a result, ended up with the rear of his car in a box junction. You may be thinking: "But no-one ever checks that, your friend would have been fine." Wrong! As with the speed cameras, they're always watching those box junctions, and they're not afraid to fine you for it either. You don't want to get caught stopping in one of these yellow boxes (Image: Grant Melton) 17. The Little Bay "roundabout" A roundabout is defined as "a road junction at which traffic moves in one direction round a central island to reach one of the roads converging on it". Or, if you've ever driven around the roundabout outside the Little Bay restaurant in South Croydon, it's defined as "a road junction where you must risk your life because no-one cares about road laws". Top tip: drive AROUND the roundabout, the clue is in the name. Please try to avoid driving straight over it because it's really rather dangerous and we don't want anyone being put in danger due to your laziness. Read More Related Articles

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