A Visitors Guide to Driving in St Louis

Here’s a tongue in cheek look at driving in St Louis.  When you’re ready to start looking at homes, give me a call, I know my way around and will be there to help you find the right home in the right area!


The morning rush hour is from 6:00 to 10:00 am.  The evening rush hour is from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.  Friday’s rush hour starts Thursday morning.

Gravois Road can only be pronounced by a native. Ditto for Spoede and Chouteau.

Construction on Highways 40, 64, 70, 255, 270, 44, 55 and I-170 is a way of life, and a permanent form of entertainment.

The Page Avenue extension and Airport expansion projects took over 20 years to get approved and St Louisian’s lost track of how many political figures claimed them as their own ideas.

A St. Louisian from South County has never been to North County and visa versa. West County has everything delivered.

St Louisian’s were aghast when the federal government required them to redo the highway signs to indicate that the federal highway went to cities in other states instead of local municipalities.

If someone actually has their turn signal on, it is probably a factory defect, or has been on for the last 17 miles.

There are 2 exits on Highway 40 for Clayton Road and 2 for Big Bend.

All old ladies with blue hair in Cadillacs (primarily found driving on Olive west of 270) have the right of way.

Laclede Station Road mysteriously changes names as you cross intersections. As do McCausland, Lindbergh, Watson, Reavis Barracks,  Fee Fee, McKnight, Airport Road, Midland, Olive and Clarkson.


You can go all four directions on Highway 270: North and South in West County, East and West in South County, and East and West in North County.

Confused? So are the St. Louis drivers.

There are 54 school districts on the Missouri side alone – each of which has their own school bus system and scheduled times to block traffic.

There are 75 “official neighborhoods” in the City of St Louis.  St. Louisians commonly give directions (especially for restaurants) to strangers based on these neighborhoods which aren’t marked on any maps that are handed out by the tourist board, the AAA or any online mapping program.

There are 91 official municipalities in St Louis County.  Each municipality has it’s own rules, regulations, and often their own police departments.  More importantly, most have their own snow removal contracts so it’s not uncommon to drive down a road in winter and have one block plowed, the next salted, the next piled with snow and the last partially cleared by residents wanting to get out of their driveways.

No native St. Louisian knows that Lindbergh runs from South County to North County. And, if you tell them, they will not believe you.

Lindbergh belongs to every neighborhood except Kirkwood, who had the nerve to creatively change the name to “Kirkwood Road”.

Any car parked longer than 4 hours in the city, is considered a parts store.

Highway 270 is our daily version of the NASCAR circuit, however it is still far tamer than traffic in New York, LA, Atlanta or Chicago.

YIELD signs are for decoration only. No native St. Louisian will ever grasp the concept.

Lambert Field and St Louis International Airport really are the same place.  The East Terminal however is a different place.

Never ever try to cross a bridge in St Louis during rush hour unless you have a port-a-potty in the car.

The outer belt is Highway 270 which turns into Highway 255 in South County.  The inner belt is Highway 170 and if it’s a 3XX number it’s an outer outer belt.

Highway 40 is the same as Interstate 64 through the middle of St Louis (native St Louisians refer to it as 40, only visitors call it 64)

If you need directions to O’Fallon, make sure to specify Illinois or Missouri.



Do you know any St Louis quirks that should be added?  If so, please let me know.