When visiting New York, the public transportation system is by far the most time and cost efficient way of traveling. However, if you prefer to travel by car, a few pointers can help you save time, money, and most importantly, avoid getting ripped off. Parking in NYC can be downright impossible, and even the ultra-expensive valet parking garages tend to fill up quickly. If you plan to drive in the city, make sure you research and select a parking garage in advance, and make a reservation or give yourself time. Also, you may want to opt to leave your car parked all day and walk rather than drive from place to place, because the hourly rates in garages are often much higher than the flat daily rate. Always book longer and give yourself time, because the fines for being late to pick up your car can be horrendous. If you do find street parking, that’s great. Just remember to read the parking signs carefully and keep the day and time in mind, because it is easy to overlook a street cleaning sign and end up with a hefty ticket.