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Traffic and Road Tips from a New York City Cabbie-Comedian

Categories: Taxi Cabs
Posted: January 12, 2012
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TAXI TIP THURSDAY:
 
Queensboro Bridge
 
Many years ago I ran out of gas on the Queensboro Bridge. I was stuck mid-bridge over the East River for four hours and was cited by 1010 WINS radio in its traffic report. While I was listening, I looked overhead and saw the news helicopter.
 
Here are some time-tested tips to avoid roadside despair and get you back in the fast lane.
 
#1) Gas up and outside Manhattan if you can (cheaper!). If you need gas in town, my choice is Chelsea Mobil on 14th street and 10th Avenue. It’s a large facility with plenty of pumps.
 
#2) Avoid highways except for really long trips.

In case of problems, streets offer a turnoff at every block. Highways may box you in for miles.
 
NYC Traffic
 
#3) Expensive water crossings are usually worth the price. The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel beats the Brooklyn Bridge almost every time.
 
#4) Avoid narrow streets in favor of wide ones. Driving a couple of blocks out of your way is a price worth paying to sidestep garbage trucks and moving vans.
 
NYC Narrow Street
 
#5) Clean your car at Broadway Hand Car Wash in Washington Heights. It’s one of the few full service Manhattan car washes that vacuum your interior.



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