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Tips for safe driving in New York City

Driving on the busy city streets can be intimidating, especially if you rarely drive. Whether you are a visitor to New York City or a resident who occasionally rents a car for outings, preparing for city driving can reduce your risk of accidents.

Review these New York City driving tips to stay safe on the streets as a motorist.

Watch your speed

The city defaults to a 25 mile-per-hour speed limit, so proceed slowly unless a sign says otherwise. Certain areas even maintain a 20 mph limit. Slow down to prevent accidents, especially collisions with cyclists, motorcycle riders and pedestrians.

Take care at crosswalks

Speaking of pedestrians, they are everywhere in New York City. Triple-check before entering a crosswalk and avoid driving in bike lanes. Even when you are not at an intersection, expect to see people crossing the road and avoid them accordingly.

Pay attention to signs

Avoid tuning out traffic signs even if you feel overwhelmed by the other vehicles. Missing important information such as “No Left Turn” can result in a serious accident. Often, these instructions apply to certain hours only, so read closely.

Stay put on red

New York City, unlike most other American municipalities, does not allow drivers to turn right on red when clear. Some intersections might have a sign allowing you to do so, but otherwise, stop until the light turns green.

When you have an auto accident caused by someone else, you may be eligible for legal damages for your injuries. In New York, you have three years to file this type of lawsuit after a serious injury.