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Tips to Manage the Road During SXSW

Great live music blasting from every bar, food trucks lined on every corner, and awesome promotions being offered. What is there not to love about South by South West? As the buzz surrounding the music festival increases every year the levels of danger also rise.

Last year during the SXSW festival a car accident involving a drunk driver claimed the lives of four pedestrians. This tragedy is a clear illustration of the dangers that one can face during the SXSW music festival. Alcohol in combination with large groups of people congregated on busy streets and tourists unfamiliar with the Austin area can be a recipe for dangerous accidents. If you find yourself planted in the center of craziness that occurs during SXSW following these following tips can reduce the chances of any unfortunate accidents occurring.

1. Utilize side streets

Austin traffic is already unbearable from the hours of 4-6, during SXSW the traffic horrors are magnified times ten. Distracted and impatient drivers unfamiliar with the area can cause many accidents on the road, however adopting the use of side streets to reach your destination may save you from gridlock traffic. Driving through neighborhood streets may also shave some time off of your estimated arrival time and prevent you from developing an extreme case of road rage.

2. Beware of Parking Violations

During SXSW not only is traffic horrendous, but parking can also become quite frustrating. Usual parking spots that you may be able to snag during the year may become unavailable or closed off during SXSW. In order to avoid a parking ticket or a boot on your car, be hyper aware of any signage that prohibits parking or limits parking to certain hours of the day.

3. Avoid Jaywalking Completely

Jaywalking is a crime punishable by law, however in Austin there are some areas where reckless pedestrian behavior is routinely overlooked. During SXSW jaywalking becomes extremely dangerous. The heavy traffic on the road mingled with vehicles driven by tourists unfamiliar with road can spell out disaster for any reckless pedestrians. Proceed with caution when crossing the roads even if you have the right of way. Take it back you when you were a child and always looked both ways before crossing street. If you think a vehicle is giving you an opportunity to cross the street make eye contact with the driver before you proceed. Taking these extra precautionary steps can mean the difference between a night out, listening to live music at Stubbs, or a night recovering in the ICU.

4. Manage your trips on the road

Although it is almost impossible to avoid the chaos on the road during SXSW, there are ways to manage the insanity brought on by the musical festival. Limiting your errands to the early morning or to midday can save you from a lot of headache and irritation. If you need to run to your local Walgreens to pick up a prescription, plan to travel during times that fewer people will be on the road. Most of the events that generate the larger crowds occur in the afternoon or evening so driving during earlier times may save you from potential accidents or mishaps.

It can be difficult to manage the road during SXSW, but following these simple tips can make things easier.

Great live music blasting from every bar, food trucks lined on every corner, and awesome promotions being offered. What is there not to love about South by South West? As the buzz surrounding the music festival increases every year the levels of danger also rise.

Last year during the SXSW festival a car accident involving a drunk driver claimed the lives of four pedestrians. This tragedy is a clear illustration of the dangers that one can face during the SXSW music festival. Alcohol in combination with large groups of people congregated on busy streets and tourists unfamiliar with the Austin area can be a recipe for dangerous accidents. If you find yourself planted in the center of craziness that occurs during SXSW following these following tips can reduce the chances of any unfortunate accidents occurring.

1. Utilize side streets

Austin traffic is already unbearable from the hours of 4-6, during SXSW the traffic horrors are magnified times ten. Distracted and impatient drivers unfamiliar with the area can cause many accidents on the road, however adopting the use of side streets to reach your destination may save you from gridlock traffic. Driving through neighborhood streets may also shave some time off of your estimated arrival time and prevent you from developing an extreme case of road rage.

2. Beware of Parking Violations

During SXSW not only is traffic horrendous, but parking can also become quite frustrating. Usual parking spots that you may be able to snag during the year may become unavailable or closed off during SXSW. In order to avoid a parking ticket or a boot on your car, be hyper aware of any signage that prohibits parking or limits parking to certain hours of the day.

3. Avoid Jaywalking Completely

Jaywalking is a crime punishable by law, however in Austin there are some areas where reckless pedestrian behavior is routinely overlooked. During SXSW jaywalking becomes extremely dangerous. The heavy traffic on the road mingled with vehicles driven by tourists unfamiliar with road can spell out disaster for any reckless pedestrians. Proceed with caution when crossing the roads even if you have the right of way. Take it back you when you were a child and always looked both ways before crossing street. If you think a vehicle is giving you an opportunity to cross the street make eye contact with the driver before you proceed. Taking these extra precautionary steps can mean the difference between a night out, listening to live music at Stubbs, or a night recovering in the ICU.

4. Manage your trips on the road

Although it is almost impossible to avoid the chaos on the road during SXSW, there are ways to manage the insanity brought on by the musical festival. Limiting your errands to the early morning or to midday can save you from a lot of headache and irritation. If you need to run to your local Walgreens to pick up a prescription, plan to travel during times that fewer people will be on the road. Most of the events that generate the larger crowds occur in the afternoon or evening so driving during earlier times may save you from potential accidents or mishaps.

It can be difficult to manage the road during SXSW, but following these simple tips can make things easier.

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