The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has a new warning for drivers as we get ready for the busy summer months.

As of 2021, New York State has around 3.1 million registered vehicles. It seems like more when you are stuck in traffic or waiting to turn left on a busy highway.

But if you are driving this weekend, it is easy to be distracted and now is the time of the year to be more alert than ever. With road construction and kids on bikes, police across New York State are looking for you to watch what you are doing.

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According to reports and a press release from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, when it comes to people on bikes, drivers to check blind spots of their vehicles before turning or parallel parking. They should also reduce speed when passing a bicyclist to ensure riders aren't knocked off balance.

There are some things to remember about when your car is parked that I found interesting. The DMV says to:

REACH: use your right hand (not the left hand) to reach for the handle to open the driver’s door.

SWIVEL: By reaching for the driver’s door handle with your right hand, this will cause your body to turn to the left, and help you look for a bicycle that may be overtaking you.

LOOK: Look alongside and to the rear of your car to search for hazards.

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