Driving Safely on the Las Vegas Strip

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Mar 19, 2015 in Car Accident News

Many people will tell you that the answer to safe driving on the Las Vegas Strip is, "Don't do it." The Strip is one of the busiest streets in the entire nation, and there are many risks and dangers in doing so. However, a good driver is a cautious driver, and if you engage in safe driving practices you can navigate the Strip. Here are some tips and tricks for driving safely on this busy street.

Overview of the Las Vegas Strip

The Las Vegas Strip has between three and five lanes going each way. There are signs denoting which lanes go where, and drivers need to pay close attention to these signs to avoid the irritation (and potential danger) of being in the wrong lane. Pedestrians can cross suddenly at any time, and other drivers may suddenly merge. In addition, patience is absolutely a must. The street gets completely gridlocked on weekends.

Defensive Driving

Engage in defensive driving. This cannot be stressed enough. There is a lot of risk on the Strip. Remember that you need to be in control of your vehicle at all times. You are not just responsible for you; you are responsible for others around you. If someone else is driving recklessly, you need to be prepared to avoid the potential accident. Pedestrians can be a real danger as all the attractions and dazzling lights cause them to look everywhere but where they are walking. This can lead to walkers suddenly dashing or stumbling into traffic or crossing against lights. Be on guard for these dangers.

Avoid Distraction

The Strip is one of the most striking and stunning sights there is. Every few feet there are spectacular buildings, bright lights, flashing signs, billboard ads and more. It can be very easy to get drawn in by all of this and lose focus on driving. Using cell phones, eating and drinking, talking to passengers and other distractions can make it worse. Stay focused and clear, pay attention to where you are and where you are going and avoid distractions as much as possible.

Know Your Route

When you are going from point A to point B on the Strip, know where you are headed and how to get there. Plan your trip, know what lanes you need to be in to merge and get off the road and take care to follow the planned route.

Take Back Routes

There are actually alternate routes to get to many places on the Strip, which do not involve actually driving the strip. Side and back roads are less congested and as such can be much safer (and quicker) to navigate. Consider taking a different road to get where you need to go.

Have Patience

Traffic lights on the Strip are notoriously short, and especially after dark and on weekends, there are a lot of people trying to get from one place to the other. Have patience and do not be in a hurry to reach your destination. Do you have any tips about driving on the Strip? Leave a comment and let's hear your thoughts!