How bad is driving in NYC?

I’ve never been to NYC before, and I want to visit my cousin who lives there. I hate flying, so I want to drive, but I’m nervous about driving in such a big city. Is driving in NYC actually that bad?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on Jul 13, 2022
Call it organized chaos, but NYC doesn’t rank among the country’s worst driving cities. However, driving in New York is bad for the uninitiated.
Several situations and scenarios you wouldn’t find in other cities are found in New York City, including:
  • Super heavy traffic, especially during rush hour
  • Crazy taxi drivers
  • Rampant road rage
  • Lack of parking
  • Ample construction throughout all five boroughs
  • No right on red anywhere in the city
  • Millions of pedestrians
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