A Conversation for International Driving Etiquette

Driving in New York City

Post 1

SetupWeasel

Never, and I mean NEVER, use your turn signal when you want to change lanes. New York City drivers respond to this by congesting the lane you are trying to get into. Only use your turn signal for turns.


Driving in New York City

Post 2

Rhogart

I have driven in New York city before, in one of the largest vehicles to traverse that city - a Car carrier. 75 feet of ugly yellow metal. I thought it was interesting in that, whenever I was behind just one car at a stoplight, I was blocking the intersection behind me! And there are more Cabs in that city than there are people! (if that doesn't seem to add up, you've obviously never seen a NYC cab driver!)


Driving in New York City

Post 3

Fruitbat (Eric the)

No, I've never seen a NYC cab driver, although according to "Men In Black", fewer of them than expected are extra-terrestrials.

Fruitbat


Driving in New York City

Post 4

QuantumSheep

I can only think about one rule about driving in New York City: Don't.
(Leave it up to the cabs!).


Driving in New York City

Post 5

Fruitbat (Eric the)

For all the films that feature someone driving in, or being trapped while driving in, NYC, I wonder why so many people insist on doing it. Clearly they get nowhere fast, cabs included, and could likely walk to where they have to go more quickly.
The only comparable example is the stereotypical image of Californians stuck on the motorways during rush-hour (and how long does rush-hour last, these days?).

Fruitbat


Driving in New York City

Post 6

tyran

Apparently, the permanent New York City traffic jam is caused by a couple of thousand cars simultaneously trying to park in one of the dozen parking spaces. Finding a good parking place in Manhattan is like winning the lottery.
Underground parking is also available, if you can find the entrance. If you are lucky to get in, the parking attentants will happily squeeze your car into any cubic foot of free space inside the facility, even if it means stacking yor automobile over another one. Just hope your car is not the one at the far end of the parking lot; if it is, be sure to buy yourself a good book to read while the attendants retrieve your car.

For a city with more taxis than any other form of motorized vehicle, it's amazingly hard to actually hail down a cab. Still, you are much better off taking a taxi than a bus. New York buses are less of a public transport than just an expensive hulk of metal and rubber anchored to the road.
The subway is probably the most convenient way to travel... once you figure out exactly which train goes where, and more importantly, along which of the four or five rails available.


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