Warnings and Dangers in New York City: Driving
Driving in New York City can be difficult and impractical at times, except in some of the outer boroughs. Not only is the traffic hard to navigate, parking is a challenge as it is hard to find and can be expensive.
Slow Traffic, Aggressive Drivers and Jaywalking Pedestrians
New York is notorious for its constant traffic jams. It could take you hours just to go a short distance, especially during morning and evening rush-hour commutes. On top of that, you have the challenge of dodging pedestrians and aggressive drivers. If you have to drive, be sure you know where you are going in advance and check the traffic report before you go. New York has an excellent public transportation system which may be more efficient than taking a car.
Few Places to Park
Even if you’ve managed to find your way around New York City traffic in your car, you still have to deal with parking issues. Parking is extremely difficult to find and usually costs a lot of money once you’ve found a place. You may be able to find early-bird specials in some lots if you arrive early in the day. The rates should be clearly listed as you enter the lot or garage. Be aware of lots which promise very good deals as some shady ones will demand a higher price when you leave. In addition, street parking signs and times can be very confusing, so read each one very carefully. For example, some areas allow parking on one side of the street only overnight or certain hours. Your car may be ticketed, booted, or even towed if you park at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about driving in New York City.