NEW YORK CITY, USA – OCTOBER 18, 2014: Yellow taxi and Flatiron building at Fifth Avenue av in Manhattan. Flatiron is an iconic buiding of NYC.

New York City is home to over eight million people and draws in tens of millions more from all over the world when there isn’t a pandemic, with countless visitors eager to make the most of their time and see the sights. As any frequent visitor or NYC local knows, getting around the Big Apple isn’t always easy. In such a busy and hectic place, accidents are frighteningly common, with data showing that thousands occur every month and many people get injured or lose their lives unnecessarily due to recklessness or negligence on the roads.

Keeping that in mind, the following tips will help you stay safe as you get around from place to place.

Plan Ahead

It’s always best to plan trips ahead of time. This will alert you to traffic issues and warn of detours. This is especially true if you’re traveling from one side of the city to the other. Traffic can build up really quickly in NYC and drivers can be quite impatient, leading to lots of high-pressure situations.

To dramatically reduce stress, it helps a lot to know exactly where you’re going. By planning your route in advance, you can help stay safe, avoiding the worst of the traffic and knowing the right roads to follow and the correct turns to make.

Use GPS

Following from the previous point about planning your route ahead of time, it can also help a great deal to use GPS, as traffic patterns can change on a moment’s notice. Using GPS can save you a lot of time and stress, and you can even download simple apps onto your phone for ease-of-use. Just be sure to program them before you set off, rather than fiddling around with your device while driving.

Avoid Distractions

As noted above, using your phone while driving is a terrible idea – and, in fact, it’s illegal for TLC drivers. The streets can be so busy that even a single second of inattention can be enough to put you in a terrible situation.

Distracted driving leads to a lot of accidents, injuries, and fatalities every single year, and phones are one of the worst causes of this. If you need to make a call or send a message, pull over safely before you do so or simply wait until you get to your destination. Trying to use your phone while driving simply isn’t worth the risk.

Remain Calm

Trying to stay calm while driving in NYC may sometimes seem impossible – with sirens of police cars and ambulances rushing through the streets, cars everywhere, countless pedestrians, and plenty of angry drivers honking their horns. But, in spite of these distractions, it really is wise to try and keep your calm as you get around.

Road rage is a real problem in NYC, and drivers can quickly lose their tempers, which can lead to some very violent situations that no reasonable person would want to be a part of. Even if someone is driving badly around you, try to keep calm and stay focused on controlling your own car to stay safe.

Keep Your Distance and Use Your Mirrors

A lot of auto accidents in New York are caused by people failing to check their mirrors, use their signals, or keep the recommended distance between them and other vehicles. If you take a look at the average NYC city street, you’ll notice that a lot of the cars tend to be packed right up close to one another, but you should try to avoid falling into this same trap when you drive.

If you’re too close to other vehicles, you’ll be much more likely to collide with them if someone suddenly brakes due to a traffic light or pedestrian. It’s also always recommended to make use of signals and mirrors to alert other drivers to your intentions and make sure you can see clearly all around your car before changing lanes or making turns.

In Conclusion

Driving in New York City can be quite stressful and intimidating. These tips should help you stay safer, so be sure to keep them in mind when driving in the Big Apple.

Source: NYC City Guide