How to Create Driving Directions

by Tomiko Cary

There is nothing worse than getting lost in an unfamiliar area when driving. Especially if you do not own a GPS system and all of the gas stations are on the opposite side of the highway or closed. Detailed driving directions are essential to finding your destination in the least amount of time. Using landmarks and accurate descriptions help create the best driving directions.

How to Create Driving Directions


Start creating your directions by memorizing landmarks. Make note of buildings, companies and stores. Use descriptive words such as brick, large, small, two-story and a specific-color when creating directions. Use noticeable landmarks such as a statue, park, hot dog stand or car dealership.


Use accurate street names to direct someone. Some cities have streets, roads and avenues with the same name, such as 33rd Street and 33rd Avenue. The street and avenue could run perpendicular of each other. In this case, be sure to specify whether a person needs to be on the street or avenue and combine that with Step 1. For instance, "Turn left on 33rd Street and make a right at 33rd Avenue. You will see a two-story brick building on your left hand side."


Count traffic lights. This is very helpful when directing someone at night. A driver might miss a street sign or two but feel more confident when counting the number of traffic lights they have passed or are approaching.


Use units of measurements such as feet, yards and miles. Specify by saying "Make a right turn 100 yards past the grocery store" or "Once you reach the intersection, go straight for about a mile and a half." The use of measurements confirms whether a driver has driven too far and missed a turn.


Read, review and visualize your directions before giving them to a driver. Visualize yourself behind the wheel or stand up and gesture left or right signals to make sure you are giving accurate directions.


  • check Use terms such as "Quick left" or "Quick right" or "Make a left before the winding curve."
  • check Notify drivers of roadblocks, dead ends and construction work.
  • check Notify drivers of speed traps.

About the Author

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Tomiko "Tomi" Cary has been writing articles online since 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and journalism from William Paterson University. Cary also attended New York University's Journalism Program, where she received a Professional Studies Certificate of Completion. She blogs food reviews for SeamlessWeb.

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