Nashville Warnings and Dangers
Nashville, Tennessee is a fun and interesting city that attracts not just country music lovers, but all kinds of tourists from all over the world. Take a look at some of the warnings and dangers you may come across in the city so that you can plan a safe and enjoyable visit to the city affectionately known as Music City, USA.
Driving and Traffic
Driving in Nashville can be confusing, especially if you’re used to cities that were built on a grid. Nashville’s roads can be puzzling to tourists, who don’t realize that the names of the streets might change without warning, or that the street may shift, leaving you on the wrong road if you don’t realize that the shift is coming. You can also experience sudden transitions from urban to rural driving. If you miss an exit, your best bet is to turn around and go back – the roads often don’t run parallel to each other, so you may not be able to take the next turn and cut over to the street you wanted. A good map is a must for driving around Nashville without getting lost.
Be aware that tour busses may stop suddenly in the middle of the street in order to allow the people on board to view a nearby attraction. Keep an eye out for these busses, as well as for pedestrians near popular attractions. Also, be aware that Tennessee’s “move-over law” states that you have to move to the right lane to allow a moving emergency vehicle to pass, and that if you’re passing a stationary emergency vehicle, you also must move over one lane if possible, or slow down. This law is strictly enforced.
Nashville has a few areas that are run-down and may attract a bad element. Use caution if renting a hotel or motel room on Dickerson Road or Trinity Lane. The prices of the hotels are lower, but this can attract prostitutes and drug users. If you stay in one of these areas, be sure to lock your car securely and store any valuables out of sight, or take them to your room with you. Keep your hotel room door locked at all times.
Avoid walking around these streets alone at night if possible, and stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
By exercising caution and being aware of potential hazards, you’ll avoid trouble and enjoy your visit to Nashville.
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Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Nashville.