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View Poll Results: Number of Hours (Round Trip)
2-4 7 14.89%
4-6 9 19.15%
6-8 3 6.38%
8-10 8 17.02%
10-12 5 10.64%
12-14 2 4.26%
14-16 0 0%
16-18 1 2.13%
18-20 0 0%
20+ 12 25.53%
Voters: 47. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-07-2012, 01:26 PM
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I don't own a car, and I hate driving for commuting and running errands. But for a pleasure trip I wouldn't mind so much. For a day trip to a specific destination I might be willing to drive a couple of hours, but I wouldn't mind an entire day spent driving back roads, stopping at small towns along the way. I'd rather go by bike, though.
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:27 PM
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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We'll drive 10+ hours round trip in one day to go to Home Depot or buy new tires. We drive 12+ hours round trip to visit friends in Fairbanks, but that's usually a long weekend.
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:05 PM
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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That is a tough question

If it was for a funeral for family support I would not second guess driving at all.

For a concert maybe a few hours but more than likely I would not go.

In addition when I was younger it seems the driving did not take a physical toll on me.

I am in my mid forties and have noticed driving lately takes a mental toll and makes me really really tired.

Having said this not only is it important to keep your own safety in mind but others as well.
Is it worth the risk of driving a long distance ?

Sure bet a lot of accidents are contributed from tired and weary drivers.
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:17 PM
Location: Vallejo
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I driven Seattle-Sacramento more than a few times. Usually I'm staying for about a week, so renting a car gets expensive plus I'd prefer to have my own. It's a 12 hour drive, which is long but doable in a day. I've done it along the coastal route which is about 20 in a day and a half, couple short hikes, beach detours, naps on the side of the road... exhausting but a fun trip. Sacramento to LA is about six hours, I usually drive it. I've done it a few times round-trip in a day... leave at 2 a.m. get there at 8, leave LA around 5 and get back home about 11 or 12. Three or so hours is a good distance for a day trip. I do it for work, sometimes up to four although I'm often looking for a hotel at those distances. There's so much within two hours of Sacramento, I seldom go farther. I have family in Santa Cruz and Monterey which is about 2 1/2-3 hours sometimes a bit more with traffic. Other than that... beach, Tahoe, San Francisco, hiking... pretty much all within two hours.

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Old 07-07-2012, 04:19 PM
Location: Saint Louis County
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-I have driven from St. Louis to Albuquerque by myself straight through (around 17 hours) during a military transfer to San Diego.

-I have split the driving from Ridgecrest, California to St. Louis twice, but did drive straight through 26+ hours.

-The last time I had to drive from California to St. Louis when I seperated, I used my brain finally and made it a three day drive.

-While I was stationed in Atlanta, after I met my current wife, I used to drive from Marietta, GA to St. Louis every other weekend and it took me roughly 8 hours. When my son was born I made it in ~6h45m. Yes, that was dumb.

I don't mind driving long distances/many hours one way now only because I know I don't need to do it as often as I used to. My wife, son, and I drove to Marietta last year and I took my time and made it a 10 hour drive. This year my wife and I drove straight through to Houston and it was a 14 hour drive and we split the driving. Right now it really doesn't bother me.

If it was just a day-trip I would say 3 hours would be my max one way.
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:52 PM
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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I would imagine your younger to do all of this driving.

Hats off to you..

One thing is for sure I love to drive and long distances but that is alot.!
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:59 PM
Location: Bel Air, California
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If it is somebody else's car, I'm willing to drive until I get there or strike something, whichever comes first.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:19 PM
Location: West Michigan
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I'm with Grimmace on this one. At 48 years old, driving for hours on end doesn't phase me at all yet. The only difference I find between my long trips when I was younger and now is that the actual time behind the wheel is longer. When I was younger (and single) a speeding ticket here and there didn't even make me think of slowing down to a reasonable speed (within 20-30+ MPH of the speed limit)... fast forward to now and I rarely go much more than ~5 MPH over the limit. On a 1500+ mile drive, that extra speed makes a difference.

Longest single trip was from Caribou, Maine to San Diego, CA. Split driving duty with a friend from Caribou to Lawrence, KS; then dropped him off at his parents house and spent the night (straight through that leg), then Lawrence to Rifle, CO the next day. Rifle, CO to Las Vegas, NV the next day where I spent the evening and night with my Brother at his place. Then an easy drive into San Diego the following day to drop off the truck I was delivering to another friend who was in the Navy. We then decided to head back to Vegas for the week-end to spend time with my Brother and some quality time in the casinos, and I caught a flight back to Maine the following week-end.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:18 PM
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I am surprised by the number of people who say that they'd drive 20 hours or more considering the OP's scenario requires you to be back within 24 hours.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:35 AM
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I am willing to drive 8-10 hours for a trip.
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