Austin Car Insurance: Driving In Austin
As the capital of Texas, Austin is known for its impressive local music scene and as a center of alternative culture where visitors will quickly spot T-shirts and bumper stickers that read "Keep Austin Weird." Whether you're a local or a visitor, it’s important that you have the right auto insurance to protect you and your vehicle as you navigate Austin's vibrant urban core. GEICO works hard to offer great car insurance rates in the greater Austin area, so get your free Austin car insurance quote today.
Navigating Your Way Around Austin
Downtown Austin is laid out in a grid pattern, with numbered streets running east and west. The numbers get higher the further north you travel away from the Colorado River. Parts of Austin have a tendency to flood during heavy rains, so if you're driving or parking your car, watch for high water and signs indicating the area is a low water crossing.
Daytime parking is typically plentiful on the street. However, streets can get congested on Friday and Saturday nights, especially the area around the University of Texas. Convenient kiosks accept cash and cards for temporary parking decals for around $5-$7 per hour. Many spaces are free after 5:00 p.m., but be sure to watch for signs to avoid being overcharged or ticketed. Certain areas, like the popular 6th Street area, have hourly parking 24 hours a day.
Other Transportation Options For Austin
The Capital Metro has an extensive network of public transportation options. Buses are clean and typically on-time with fares starting at just $1 for a single ride. For points north of the city, the MetroRail Red Line travels from the convention center in downtown Austin northwest to the city of Leander for just $2.75.
If you choose to walk around town, be mindful of the extreme heat that occurs most of the year in Austin. Fortunately, there are several taxi companies that operate in the city, so an air-conditioned cab is usually nearby. If you're travelling at night around the 6th Street district downtown, you can even opt to take one of the hundreds of pedicabs in the area.
Important Places In Austin
Whether you live in the area or are just passing through, you won't want to pass up a visit to the historic Texas State House at 112 East 11th Street.
Austin is also known for something else historic – its love of live music. If you're in town in mid-March, be sure to get a wristband for the world-famous South by Southwest (SXSW) music and film festivals held across the city. Throughout the year you can catch dozens of live performers playing regularly in venues all around the city, including the 6th Street entertainment district. Much of Austin's nightlife takes place here, between Congress Avenue and I-35.
Another must-see neighborhood is the SoCo district, located on South Congress Ave. running south from the Colorado River. SoCo is world-famous for its eclectic stores, music venues, restaurants and food trucks. Or if the heat gets to you, hop on over to Barton Springs pool or take a cool stroll through the Blanton Art Museum located on the University of Texas’ campus at 200 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The museum is home to the largest collection of art in Central Texas.
Read More About Texas Car Insurance
Make sure your auto insurance is up to date before driving around Austin. Visit our Texas car insurance page to better understand state required coverage limits and teen driving laws. A licensed GEICO representative will always be available to assist you by phone, day or night.