Navigating Seattle Traffic: Driving Tips & Tricks

November 27th, 2019 by

Seattle City View with Traffic Light Trail at Dusk

When it comes to driving in Seattle, there’s plenty of ways you can make your trip much more efficient, whether you’re making your way through the city from Redmond or Woodinville. Drivers looking to know more about Seattle rush hour times, how to navigate to Seattle, or want to know the distance from Kirkland to Seattle, can trust the local automotive experts at Honda of Kirkland to have your back and keep you moving!

Driving in Seattle Tips

No matter if you’re a local or new the area, there’s plenty to love and see in Seattle. To help you experience the most of it and get you to where you need to be, check out some of our top driving in Seattle tips and tricks below:

  1. Avoid I-5 Seattle Traffic During Rush Hour: If you’re a Seattle native or if you’ve lived here just for a spell, you’ll know that I-5 Seattle traffic can get pretty bad — whether you’re coming from Kirkland or the surrounding suburbs.
  2. Drive a Smaller Car: In addition to making it easier to park in small spots, driving a smaller car also makes it easier for you to navigate the tight city streets of Seattle. Perform a Y turn, squeeze in and out of lanes, and perform tidy driving maneuvers with less blind spots. Fortunately, small cars like the Honda Civic, Honda Fit, or Honda HR-V can squeeze in and out of congested traffic with aplomb.
  3. Use Navigation Apps: Many new vehicles are offered with advanced navigation systems like the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, which comes with real-time traffic and weather updates and rerouting guidance. So whether you’re looking at fog, rain, or congested I-5 Seattle traffic, you can get ahead of the game by taking the road less traveled.
  4. Commute During Off-Hour Times: Nine-to-five workers don’t usually have the option of avoiding the worst of rush hour, but if you work non-traditional hours or have some flexibility in your schedule, then avoid the rush hour altogether by driving into work an hour early and leaving an hour early.

I-5 and downtown Seattle

Seattle Rush Hour Times and Traffic Conditions

As in any major city, drivers are always going to have to take into account the fact that traffic congestion varies by time, and Seattle’s rush hour times are no exception. Seattle traffic conditions tend to get heavy during the morning and evening commute hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and around 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each workday. 

Your commute may also likely be affected by the frequent rainy days seen in this area, which can lead to slick roads. The same can also be said of the area’s hilly and steep roads, in which you must be careful of your speed as well as the city’s narrow streets. And, while you always want to get somewhere efficiently, it’s more important to get there safely, so always be sure to slow down in harsher conditions.

How Far is Seattle From Kirkland?

Are you from the area and want to know the best way to navigate to Seattle? Luckily, the distance from Kirkland to Seattle is only 11 miles, which often equates to a roughly 40-minute drive when you take Lake Washington Blvd NE to WA-520 W, and then take Madison St. right into downtown Seattle. If you take into any extra traffic into account on weekdays, you’ll be in the city in less than an hour. 

Find Your Next Seattle Car at Honda of Kirkland!

Now that you’ve learned more about driving in Seattle and Seattle’s traffic conditions, you can find even more helpful features at Honda of Kirkland such as which cars work well for Uber and Lyft drivers, how you can become a more fuel-efficient driver, and how to parallel park

If you have any questions, please contact us and speak to a member of our finance team to learn more about our leasing and financing options. Or, if you’re ready to explore our city car selection, schedule a test drive today near Seattle and Lynnwood!


More From Honda of Kirkland

  • Explore the 2021 Honda Pilot Interior Features

    If you’re ready to upgrade your Redmond ride with a spacious and reliable crossover, then the new 2021 Honda Pilot interior provides the versatility you need to keep up with your lifestyle. From advanced technology, comfort, and safety features that will satisfy all eight passengers on board, to ample cargo space that’s perfect for handling…

  • 2021 Honda Pilot Towing Capacity

    If you’re searching for a SUV with incredible strength for your next trip near Redmond, consider the 2021 Honda Pilot. With the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds this SUV delivers towing capability for hitching a trailer or boat for trips with family or friends and hauling equipment on Woodinville job sites. Keep reading…

  • 2021 Honda Pilot Redesign Details

    There wasn’t a full 2021 Honda Pilot redesign, but the new Pilot does have several distinct differences from the 2020 model. The changes to the 2021 Pilot include a new standard transmission as well as a new trim package, so keep reading to learn how the 2021 Honda Pilot will change the way you drive….

  • 2020 Honda Odyssey Interior Features

    Whether you’re searching for a reliable van that’s perfect for carpooling around Redmond, or need a spacious model that can support your growing family, the 2020 Honda Odyssey interior has everything you need and more in a three-row model. Enjoy a relaxing ride thanks to improved Honda Odyssey seating and keep your belongings intact with plenty…

  • Explore the 2020 Honda Civic Configurations

    When it comes to finding a fuel-efficient and fully loaded sedan, Redmond  customers will find everything they need among the 2020 Honda Civic trim levels. Drivers can enjoy everything this celebrated Honda sedan has to offer in a trim that feels all their own with five unique options to choose from that provide their own…

  • 2020 Honda Accord Interior Highlights

    Even those familiar with the long line of Honda Accord design innovations will find there is plenty of astounding surprises within the new Accord. Connectivity, entertainment, comfort, and spacious smart design allows the 2020 Honda Accord interior to be a favorite around Redmond and beyond. Explore with Honda of Kirkland the features of the Honda Accord, inside…

  • What are the 2020 Honda HR-V Configurations?

    When it comes to SUVs on the market, you’ve got a lot of options, but with the 2020 Honda HR-V configurations, you’ll have everything you need to find the right fully-loaded SUV to keep you moving on Redmond roads. This unique Honda lineup features competitive prices, trusted engineering and fuel economy, advanced technology features, and…

  • What is the 2020 Honda CR-V’s Towing Capacity?

    The 2020 Honda CR-V is already impressing Redmond drivers thanks to its incredible performance, but this Honda SUV continues to push the limits of what it can offer with the new CR-V’s towing capacity. Just as the CR-V was engineered to provide an outstanding fuel-efficient ride, a Honda CR-V towing package offers more versatility than…

  • 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Configurations

    Redmond drivers looking for a greener performance out of their Honda SUV will love the incredible fuel savings they’ll get with the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid’s configurations. This unique CR-V option comes with an exceptional fuel economy and performance while delivering the reliable Honda features at a price you can appreciate. Learn more about the…

  • 2020 Honda Pilot Towing Capacity

    If you’re in need of a tough, rugged, and reliable crossover for your Redmond commute, then the new 2020 Honda Pilot towing capacity should be a prime reason to place this Honda model at the top of your list. The towing capacity of Honda Pilot trims will let you easily haul work equipment to and…

Posted in Community, Tips