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Old 05-12-2016, 12:41 PM
 
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I will move from Ithaca to NYC with around 10 luggage pieces and boxes at the end of this month.

I have not driven a car since I got my license almost a decade ago, and I don't have any experience of driving on a road with traffic (including highway).

If I drive a rented van, SUV or a U-Haul 10' truck by myself, is it sufficient for me to:

- read the NY's drivers' manual (https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/dr...practice-tests), to be familiar with rules and signs.

- read How to Drive a Car (with Pictures) - wikiHow, to be familiar with how to drive a car

- maybe rent a car to practice a few hours?


Currently I have questions such as:

- Can I drive slowly even on highways, by staying on the rightmost lane?

- Can I stop by the side of a road (including highways) any time, if I want to relax or figure out the route?



Thanks for your suggestions and advice.
You're going to need parents/friends/relatives to let you practice with them, at least initially. A minimum of 30 hours.

Have someone else drive the truck. Even many experienced drivers need to learn big trucks separately as the handling is very different from a more compact vehicle.

Automobile accidents are the #1 cause of death for all age groups from 5-45 (IIRC). Watch out!
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:01 PM
 
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Moving is already a stressful venture.
Please consider other alternative transportation options OP for your sake and the rest of the driving crowd.
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Old 05-12-2016, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I have been driving for 40 years.

Do not do this.

Getting around Ithaca and moving either in town or a little ways outside of it is one thing. With some practice, you could probably manage that, especially if you did that early in the morning on a Sunday when there is little traffic.

On the other hand, getting into NYC and getting around requires *advanced* driving skills with a car and a truck? For the sake of the safety of others, don't do it. Just don't. Even if it's early in the morning, it's a 24-hour city, and there's always traffic and crazy drivers.

As mentioned on this thread, there are other ways to do your move. Please look into the alternatives.
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Old 05-12-2016, 03:45 PM
 
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Where would you even park the Uhaul to unload it in NYC? Hire a moving company and let them deal with it. Or have it all shipped UPS/Fedex, if it's only 10 boxes. It'll cost a few hundred dollars, but you can't hire anyone else to do it for less.
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Old 05-12-2016, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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Don't do it. If you aren't a confident driver, going into NYC would be an absolute nightmare! Ship your boxes like others have said and take public transportation
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:48 PM
 
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I moved before I learned how to drive well, but I had another driver with me, so I ended up just doing a couple hours in the car. If you make a plan, you can build up to being a decent driver in a few weeks (start out going around your neighborhood, build up to taking local highways, etc., then try a longer trip like Rochester or Buffalo or Albany or something. The main issue, though, is going to be driving in NYC. This is going to be very stressful compared to other driving you will have done. This sounds like a bad idea. My first "city driving" was a medium-sized city in the midwest. NYC would have been a disaster for me.

Heck, I've driven across the country multiple times, and driven in many cities. Driving in SF was very stressful for me, NYC would be terrible, even today now that I've been driving for many years.
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:13 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU -> DAL
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Even I don't wanna drive a Uhaul out in the country, can't imagine in NYC after not driving.
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:27 PM
 
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Quick question:

when many of you say how stressful driving is in NYC, do you mean driving in Manhattan only? How about driving in Brooklyn, and in Queens? I ask this for practising driving after I move to NYC.
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Brooklyn and Queens are very challenging. There are NYC residents who never drive themselves anywhere. They take cabs or the subway. Or walk.

Normally, I recommend that most adults should learn to drive well enough to get where they need to go in case there's an emergency, but NYC, Boston, and SF are all cities that require advanced driving skills and have enough alternatives that one can live there without a car. These are not beginner-friendly driving areas. Yes, people learn to drive there! Yes, there are times when the roads will be a bit less hectic in Brooklyn and Queens, but driving there may also be something you'll want to put off until you live in a different area, if you ever do.

You'll see when you get there and will be better able to make a decision.
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:58 PM
 
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Quick question:

when many of you say how stressful driving is in NYC, do you mean driving in Manhattan only? How about driving in Brooklyn, and in Queens? I ask this for practising driving after I move to NYC.
Early on weekend mornings if you're going to practice there.
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