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Tips for Driving in Las Vegas

Driving in Las Vegas presents several challenges, and if you are not local, you may not be used to dealing with the traffic and other situations that may arise. This unfamiliarity, as well as many other factors that play in, cause car accidents to abound. Reports have shown that in Las Vegas, car accidents occur at a rate of almost 17 percent higher than the United States average. This statistic is staggering, and we want to keep both locals and tourists alike as safe as possible. To do so, we’ve compiled a list of some of our tips and tricks for driving in Las Vegas. 

Speed Limits

Just like everywhere else in the country, it is essential to abide by the posted speed limits. In heavily-trafficked areas, such as on The Strip and downtown Fremont areas, speed limits tend to be quite modest, at 25-35mph. This is to avoid running into any of the numerous tourists that visit these parts of town. On the highways, the average speed limit is set at 65mph, which is slower than the highway speed of some other states in the country. 

Turns

Every state has their own laws regarding special turns, such as right turns on red and U-turns. In Las Vegas, both are legal, as long as they can be completed safely, unless otherwise posted. 

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Drunk Driving

Avoiding driving drunk, or otherwise impaired, should be common sense, however intoxicated driving is all too common in Las Vegas. There are many rideshare and taxi options in the city, and they should be taken advantage of should you find yourself too influenced to drive. 

Filling Up

Gas stations abound in Las Vegas, however, you never want to be caught with an empty tank. Traffic is unpredictable in the city, and it is wise to fill up when your tank gets low, in order to avoid getting stranded at rush hour.

Parking

With as many tourists and visitors Las Vegas gets, finding space for all the cars they bring becomes a challenge. Though all major casinos on The Strip, and most on Fremont Street, provide parking garages for convenience, on busy days, empty spots can still be difficult to come by. If you plan on making a trip to a popular area of town, scope out your parking options beforehand, in order to have a backup plan in case your intended destination is all filled up. 

Traffic

Traffic can be extremely unpredictable in Las Vegas. Rush hour traffic clogs congested highways at typical times, just like every city, however, with the abundant nightlife, Las Vegas roadways stay busier than normal later into the night and early hours of the morning. If you have places to be, plan on extra travel time, just in case. 

By following these tips and tricks, your driving experience in Las Vegas should be a good one. However, if you happen to be involved in a car accident, contact Eric Blank Injury Attorneys to handle your case. 

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