In New York City, people are everywhere. They are on the sidewalks and worst of all, on the road, walking right out in front of your car. While it may be illegal to jaywalk in New York, that doesn’t stop people from doing it anyway. All drivers are walkers at some point, so it is important for you to put yourself in the pedestrian’s shoes and try to empathize with them. Or at least, anticipate what they’re going to do next. In order to save yourself a heart attack every time a pedestrian jumps out at you, here are some tips to keeping your cool. It may even help save a life or two.
Safety Tips for Driving in Manhattan
- The pedestrian always has the right of way, unless they are jaywalking. However, just because they are jaywalking, that does not give you license to hit them (no matter how much you may want to teach them a lesson). Make all attempts to stop if a jaywalker crosses the street in front of you.
- If you are in a busy area, such as main intersections, or school and playground zones, expect that someone is going to cross the street and slow down. Decreasing your speed by a few miles per hour will give you more time to stop and help you stop faster if the unexpected happens.
- Make sure your lights and windshield are clean. New York City is infamous for its night life and if you are driving your Manhattan rental car around at night, chances are a pedestrian will appear on the street. Except the darkness will make them harder to see. See and be seen by keeping your windshield and lights clear and crisp.
- Keep your eyes on other vehicles around you. Sometimes they may see something you don’t – such as someone crossing the street. Be prepared to stop in case another vehicle is stopped for a pedestrian.
- If you are stopping for a pedestrian, don’t block the crosswalk if you can help it. If you pull right up to the crosswalk lines, your Manhattan rental car may obscure the view of other drivers who may not realize someone is crossing. Make sure the pedestrian has completely cleared the adjacent lanes before proceeding; this will alert other drivers that there is someone crossing the street. If you notice any vehicles approaching the intersection quickly, flash your break lights or honk your horn. This could alert both the driver and the pedestrian.
- If you are turning left, be aware of pedestrians crossing the street to your left. Due to the constantly busy streets in New York, you may be focused on approaching traffic and fail to notice pedestrians. When you spot a gap, check for pedestrians and then turn.
- Keep an eye out for jaywalkers while navigating the streets in your Manhattan rental car. Although drivers have the right of way over jaywalkers, no one wins if a collision happens. However, renting your car from Action Car Rentals causes everyone to win. Visit our website to reserve your Manhattan rental car.
Facts About Jaywalking in NYC
- November is the month where pedestrian collisions are most likely to occur. April is the month where they are least likely to occur.
- Pedestrian collisions occur most often on a Friday and least often on a Saturday.
- As for the time of day, pedestrian collisions are most likely to happen during the evening rush hour period.
- Most of the time, it is the driver who fails to yield to the right of way of the pedestrian. Don’t be one of them – drive cautiously.
Be a responsible driver – keep an eye out for jaywalkers during your upcoming Manhattan vacation.