Heading To Brooklyn.

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Patrick C.'s Comment
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This will be my first trip into NYC. Looking for any tips, tricks, info, & advice. I really don't want to repeat Brett's experience for his first trip into NYC!!!

This is where I am heading. thumb-1508773974.89.jpg

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Go to the New York DOT website. On there, you will find an interactive truck route map that will show the truck legal routes in and out of all the boroughs including current traffic flow. You can accurately plan your trip using it and get ready to see impatient people who love to use their horns.


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I have 2 horns! 'Hey Buddy, can't ya see I'm deliverin' here!'

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I really don't want to repeat Brett's experience for his first trip into NYC!!!

No you don't!


1) - Stay off anything named "Parkway" - trucks aren't allowed on parkways. That's what led to my mess.

2) Be aware that most people in NYC don't own cars so when someone gives you directions they may or may not know what they're talking about. Check your sources and ask a lot of questions.

3) Turn off any feelings you may have toward humanity. People are going to be honkin at you, zooming around you on both sides, yelling things at you. There is apparently no time for feelings in NYC so no one will act as if they have any. Enjoy it. It's your one chance to say anything you damn well please to every human being you see without any chance of offending anyone.

4) Everyone will be in a gigantic hurry. Completely ignore the fact that you're holding everyone up and give up on the idea of pleasing anyone. Anytime someone looks at you just say, "I'm out on parole and I'm looking for a ticket back in. Did you just say somethin' to me???"


It's a madhouse. It's a zoo. It's like nothing you've ever seen before in the states, anyhow. I can't speak for foreign cities, but there's nothing else like it here in the states.

Take pictures.

PackRat's Comment
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Totally agree with Brett. It's a zoo! It's a different country! I would try to go in with as much time on your driving clock as possible. I can't stress enough: check your mirrors, take your time, watch the street signs, and try to remain calm. You Got This.

Jay68442's Comment
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I’m from NY and have driven my rig into Brooklyn and surrounding areas plenty of times.

Bridge heights are marked 1 foot below the real height unless the sign says “actual height”. So don’t poop yourseft if you see 12’ 6” but do be cautious.

Try to go get there before 6am if possible. At least you will only have traffic one way if you get there early.

Take your time! There are many right roads and people double parked so pay attention.

It’s not that big a deal. If you use your head, hold your ground and stay calm you be fine.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Well, here I sit in Brooklyn. Not bad overall. Close quarters of Chicago with traffic of Atlanta. Actually most of the traffic was fairly nice about letting me over. Usually when I approached splits where I had to move over to stay on the truck route, I found cars backing off to let me over. Kinda nice. The stubborn ones I would just start crowding the white line. They moved fairly quickly after that. Maybe the occasional short horn honk,

Big Scott's Comment
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Glad you made it safe. Tight streets. Around there weight rules usually. Stay safe.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I would definitely do New York again. Overall an enjoyable experience.

Linden R.'s Comment
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Says the first trucker ever. By the way, you went down Linden Blvd ;)

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