Auto Insurance and San Francisco
San Francisco is one of the most scenic cities in the U.S. It is also one of the trickiest to drive in. Aside from being the center of Bay Area traffic congestion, San Francisco is famous for steep hills, one-way streets, scarce (and costly) parking, assertive bikers, and lots of distracted tourists in cars and on foot. Attentive driving is a must, and having the proper auto insurance protection is important. It’s easy to get an auto insurance quote for your vehicle in San Francisco by contacting GEICO.
San Francisco Destinations
In San Francisco, you’ll find well-known attractions such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, and Golden Gate Park. You can also explore lesser-known corners of the city to discover outstanding restaurants, galleries, and shopping. San Francisco and the Bay Area offers many enjoyable experiences for tourists and residents alike.
Bay Area Freeways
Numerous freeways serve the Bay Area, including U.S. Highway 101, which spans the Golden Gate Bridge north of the city into Marin County and travels south through San Jose. Interstate Highway 80 crosses the Bay Bridge east into Oakland and onward to Sacramento. There are several “offshoots” of Highway 80 that cover different parts of the Bay Area. Interstate 280 runs south from the city, parallel to and west of 101. Interstates 880 and 680 travel north-south along the east side of the San Francisco Bay.
Navigating San Francisco
Downtown San Francisco streets are arranged in a grid pattern. Market Street, the main downtown thoroughfare, cuts through the grid in a diagonal direction. It is illegal to make a left turn at most Market Street intersections. The streets of San Francisco are numbered by the hundreds per block, but if you don’t have a GPS, it is important to know the cross street when searching for an address. San Francisco also has numbered streets and numbered avenues in different areas of the city.
If you prefer not to drive in San Francisco, there are good public transportation options. The Muni (short for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency) is a system of streetcars, buses, and the famous San Francisco cable cars that can take you to downtown attractions and outlying neighborhoods. The BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) connects San Francisco with East Bay cities such as Berkeley, Oakland, and Walnut Creek. The BART also serves both the San Francisco (SFO) and Oakland (OAK) airports.
More about California Car Insurance
Need to find out more about state required coverage levels or teen driving laws in California? Visit our California car insurance page for more information to help you make an informed decision about your auto insurance.