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If your trip to Alum Rock is all locked in but your travel itinerary is looking a bit empty, we can give you a few hints and tips.
Enjoy new adventures without having to venture far. You'll find Birmingham Eco Park and Ward End Park close to this neighborhood's center.
You can't go back home without stopping by Bordesley. Offering some excellent attractions, it's an appealing day-trip destination. From Alum Rock, it can be found about 2 miles away.
Frequently travel for business purposes? Convention centers are probably familiar places to you. With easy access to hotels and restaurants, you can be sure your trip will be a success if you're booked in at any of these places:
Alum Rock is a terrific place to base yourself to discover Birmingham and its lively neighborhoods. Just 2 miles from the city center, you'll probably do a mix of city and highway driving. Think about your travel plans. Will you be staying around town or are you on the hunt for a little fun in the great outdoors? If it's both, rent a standard or medium-sized car to get the best of both worlds — comfort and practicality.
You'll be pleased to hear that there's a broad range of both luxury and economy rental vehicles in Alum Rock. What you opt for is largely dependent on what you're willing to spend and what you plan to do. Specialty vehicles offer the best in comfort and class. If you want to indulge yourself, why not pick an SUV with all the bells and whistles, or perhaps a flashy medium-sized sedan? Alternatively, if you're just after a set of wheels to whiz around town in as economically as possible, stick with a no-frills compact vehicle (or something else that's unlikely to break the bank).
Cruising around Alum Rock requires more than just knowing how to start the engine. Get familiar with the traffic laws and make your way around this lively city the safe way:
In Alum Rock, drivers stick to the left-hand side of the road. That means the steering wheel is on the right side. If you've rented a ride with a manual transmission, get ready to be changing gears with your left hand.
Peak-hour traffic jams aren't a huge issue in Alum Rock and the greater area of Birmingham. With a population of 984,300, the roads aren't as busy here compared to larger cities.
It's relatively easy to find a car space in Alum Rock, though it can be hard to nab a spot in the biggest and busiest streets. Staying at a hotel that provides guests with on-site parking is a smart move.
The speed limits in Alum Rock are similar to the rest of Birmingham, ranging from 30 mi/h to 70 mi/h. To ensure safety for all road users, a default speed limit of 30 mi/h applies to residential areas.
Most of the time, your car rental company will charge the amount fined to your credit card. Alternatively, the company may provide your contact information to local authorities so they can send a fine to you directly.
Subject to a small number of exceptions, seat belts are mandatory in Birmingham.
It's prohibited to use your cell phone while driving a car in Alum Rock, and you could also be issued a fine for simply handling your phone when you're in control of a vehicle. That being said, using hands-free or Bluetooth functions is allowed, as long as your eyes remain on the road.
While driving in Alum Rock, it's illegal to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) above 0.08%. Planning to have a drink or two over lunch or dinner? Consider booking a taxi or using a ride-sharing service.
It's prohibited to turn at a red light in Alum Rock. When you encounter one, enjoy a couple of mindful moments until the signal goes back to green.