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Old 03-17-2017, 01:09 PM
 
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I'll be driving from Long Island NY to Las Vegas, and I'm not familiar with tolls etc. I will be driving mainly on I-40 which goes through the southern part of the map.

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-Do I just buy EZ Pass or is cash/coins better? Furthest I've driven was 2 hours to Connecticut like 7 years ago and I forgot about how the tolls work, sorry.

-I'm leaving in June because I didn't want to worry about snow. How far apart are gas stations? Should I keep a spare 5 gallon jug in the trunk or not?

-Any areas where GPS just doesn't work? Get a map?

-Car is a 2016 Ford Fusion small 1.5L 4cyl Turbo Front Wheel Drive. She's only got 5,000 miles, I just came from the dealer, fresh oil change, air filter and I even picked up extra engine coolant just in case. You think she'll make the trip fine? I wish I got the Ford Explorer for 4wd plus you can sleep easily in the back.

I just like to be prepared, thanks.
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Old 03-17-2017, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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pretty sure GPS is non-functioning between New York and Los Angeles what with the interference from blowing sagebrush
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Old 03-17-2017, 03:15 PM
 
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EZ Pass will help you down through NC so I would definitely get that. Gas stations are never a problem really with miles per tank on a Fusion being a bit over 400 miles. GPS isn't really needed on a straight line cross country trek unless you plan on making side trips along the way. Either way I would still get a map. Newer 4-cylinder cars don't have the trouble at high elevation climbs like they used to unless you're running it too hard.
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Old 03-17-2017, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Slow down and drive safely when you get to the mountains in Edgewood.
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Old 03-17-2017, 04:20 PM
 
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EZ Pass will help you down through NC so I would definitely get that. Gas stations are never a problem really with miles per tank on a Fusion being a bit over 400 miles. GPS isn't really needed on a straight line cross country trek unless you plan on making side trips along the way. Either way I would still get a map. Newer 4-cylinder cars don't have the trouble at high elevation climbs like they used to unless you're running it too hard.
Right now I get 280 miles per tank, I do a lot of stop and go.

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Slow down and drive safely when you get to the mountains in Edgewood.
I was reading HORROR stories about certain areas during winter!
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Old 03-17-2017, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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If you want to avoid tolls, take I-80 to I-79, cut down to I-70, take I-70 to the SW side of the Kansas City area, then take KS 10(K-10) to Topeka, and pick up I-70 again, then take I-70 all the way to I-15, and take I-15 down to Las Vegas
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Old 03-18-2017, 04:21 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I was reading HORROR stories about certain areas during winter!
Yes. It can get quite bad in the winter, but right now it's all thawed up this far south.
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Old 03-18-2017, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Deep in the Woods
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pretty sure GPS is non-functioning between New York and Los Angeles what with the interference from blowing sagebrush
Makes you wonder how millennials make it through life.
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:15 AM
 
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pretty sure GPS is non-functioning between New York and Los Angeles what with the interference from blowing sagebrush
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Lone Mountain Las Vegas NV
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Your leg is being pulled...

GPS works flawlessly virtually anywhere in the US. Can have trouble in heavy forest and does not work in tunnels and such. If you can see the sky it will work fine.
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