Motor vehicle accidents in New York can occur in busy cities or in rural areas where traffic is rare. With such a varied state, drivers have to learn to drive in a variety of conditions. Those who are living in New York as residents may adjust to the driving conditions easily, but those who are visiting pose a threat due to their lack of experience on New York's roads.
Tourism is a major part of the economy in New York, and that's a great thing. However, the crashes that can take place when tourists head to the area in droves can be overwhelming and unnecessary.
As a tourist, how can you keep yourself and others safe?
Tourists are new in an area, so it makes sense that they may make errors. There are a few ways to reduce the risks of getting into a crash. These include:
- Mapping out your route
- Slowing down
- Paying close attention to traffic and signage
- Avoiding intoxication
- Avoiding traveling at night
While these tips are important for everyone, they're even more essential to tourists. Tourists, who are by nature going to be less familiar with an area, need to know their routes better ahead of time. They should drive slower to make sure they read traffic signs and signals correctly, and they should avoid traveling at night when it's harder to see where they are. As with any driver, it's a better choice to avoid alcohol than to drive while intoxicated, even if you're under the limit.
With smart preparation, tourists can help prevent collisions. If you do get into a crash as a result of a tourist, they should still be held liable for the errors they've made.