When you are getting around Long Island, you will come across different types of roads, like dirt roads and paved roads.
Transportation can be a little troublesome due to the geography and the road system that mostly runs east – west. Traffic jams during certain times of the day are another issue. A lot of people who travel to Long Island would need a car. There are car-for-hire companies on the island. There are limos, too, but they are reserved for the classy visitors.
To avoid unnecessary delays when you get to Long Island, be sure to book a car for hire beforehand. If you are getting access to the island via a ferry and you can take your car with you, then you have no problem. Those traveling to the island via plane should consider renting a car. There are car rental services at the airport, but note of the few restrictions, especially if you are traveling from Manhattan. If you are traveling from Manhattan and you want to get to The Hamptons, you may need to board the Hamptons Jitney. Once you arrive there, you have to find a means of getting around. If you are headed for the Fire Island, it is recommended that you take a cab to avoid parking issues. Then you can enjoy a short ride on a ferry.
Traveling in east – west direction is quite easy because roads usually run that way. However, the same thing cannot be said when traveling north – south. There are only a few roads that cross the island in north – south direction, although once you get familiar with the roads on the island, traveling anywhere can become easy. You may want to check the road map of Long Island to make you more familiar with the road systems.
If you want to get familiar with the geography of the island, it is not that difficult. Basically, you have to note of the four counties, namely, Brooklyn, Queens, Suffolk, and Nassau. However, most people can only account Nassau and Suffolk when they think of Long Island, which is understandable. The other two counties—Brooklyn and Queens—are politically part of New York City. In other words, Long Island would usually refer only to Nassau and Suffolk.
Anyway, if you are planning to drive around the island, note of the morning and evening rush hours. In the morning, people are usually headed for the city, so driving to the urban zones can become a challenge. The opposite is true in the late afternoon and evening, when driving to the east can be troublesome.
There are parkways on the island, which allow vehicles with passenger plates to pass. Parkways give scenic views of the island, and they also allow efficient transportation routes. If you want to avoid traffic congestions, you can drive along parkways, but if your vehicle bears a commercial plate, you cannot choose the parkways as alternate roads. Commercial vehicles can only run along expressways. Visitors should take note of this. If you want to enjoy your tour across the island, avoid the expressways. Visitors on cabs or limousines should better opt for the parkways if they get the chance.