Driving in New York City can be incredibly overwhelming. With so many people crammed into such a small space, accidents are sure to happen. It’s your responsibility as a driver to be as safe as you can be. In order to prevent accidents, here are some of the top rules of the road when driving in NYC.
Top Rules of the Road in NYC
When it comes to driving, there are many things you need to be aware of, particularly when driving in New York City. There are pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and other drivers that you need to be aware of and know how to interact with. Who has the right of way when turning left? You or the pedestrian? These are just a couple of the questions you should know the answer to when driving in the city. In order to avoid accidents and remain safe, here are the top rules of driving in NYC.
Be Aware of your Surroundings
Pedestrians, bikes, e-scooters, and motorcycles are everywhere. And just because you are following the rules doesn’t mean they are. Be very aware of your surroundings when driving. Pedestrian accidents are a big problem and it is necessary to double and triple-check your surroundings before pulling into the crosswalk. Not only do you have to be aware of pedestrians, but you also need to be aware of bicyclists, e-scooters, motorcyclists, and even other drivers.
Pay Attention to Signage
Many accidents occur when drivers do not pay attention to signage at intersections. Make sure you are looking at the proper light. You don’t want to accidentally pull out into the intersection when the pedestrian light turns instead of yours. Similarly, you don’t want to run a stop sign and end up being T-boned. The traffic signs are meant to prevent accidents from occurring, but if you don’t follow the signage you can end up getting injured or your car can be damaged.
Right Of Way
Brush up on the right of way rules in NYC. With so many moving parts it can be difficult to know who has the right of way and when to go. The New York Safety Council has a list of the right-of-way rules you can review at any time. These rules are comprehensive and go over the rules for pedestrians as well.
Be Cautious at Left-hand Turns
Many intersection accidents are caused by left-hand turns. Not only do you have to yield to oncoming traffic, but you also have to yield to bicyclists, and pedestrians in the crosswalk of the way you are turning. If you are not extra cautious you can miss an oncoming car or a pedestrian and end up getting hurt or hurting someone.
Go the Speed Limit
New York state has a slow speed limit compared to most other states and the maximum speed limit in any area is 55mph. In New York City the speed limit is typically 25mph. You may not even end up getting to 25mph depending on how congested traffic is, but make sure you are going the speed limit. This can prevent accidents and force you to be more aware of your surroundings.
Driving in NYC means parking in NYC. Parking can be tricky and sometimes it can be frustrating. Determine if your parallel parking skills are up to snuff and if they aren’t – find a garage. You don’t want to slam on the breaks in the middle of the road and cause a crash.
Prepare Your Vehicle for the Weather
New York City has brutal summers and even more brutal winters. Make sure your car is prepared to take on the snow, sleet, and rain. If your car is not in good working order it can lead to an accident.
Insurance is required by law in the state of New York. If you are caught driving without insurance not only will you get a ticket, but you can also be held personally liable for all expenses in the case of an accident.
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