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Old 07-30-2014, 09:39 AM
 
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Hi Everyone

I am going to take a road trip to San Antonio in two weeks. (It's about 800 miles from where I live). This is my first road trip alone. I am getting my car serviced this weekend but anything else I need to know? What should I take with me or how should I prepare?
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:44 AM
 
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Hi Everyone

I am going to take a road trip to San Antonio in two weeks. (It's about 800 miles from where I live). This is my first road trip alone. I am getting my car serviced this weekend but anything else I need to know? What should I take with me or how should I prepare?
Assuming you have some way of connecting your smartphone (or other device) to your audio system, check with your local library and see if you can borrow audiobooks. I've found that audiobooks do a much better job of keeping me awake than music. Probably because my brain is more engaged.
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:51 AM
 
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Assuming you have some way of connecting your smartphone (or other device) to your audio system, check with your local library and see if you can borrow audiobooks. I've found that audiobooks do a much better job of keeping me awake than music. Probably because my brain is more engaged.
Thanks for the tip! I usually can stay awake with music. Plus, Im leaving at noon and will arrive around 9pm ish. I think I'll be good
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:02 AM
 
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800 miles in 9 hours?

I don't think so. That's a 90 mph driving speed average, not legal even in Texas where you might see an 80 mph zone.

More realistically, I'd suggest a 65-70 mph average possible if you stay on interstates and take only a minimal rest stop and fuel stops. You didn't mention your car, but most have a 300 +/- range unless you've got a large fuel tank diesel car with an extended cruising range. It takes more time than you think to get off the highway, get fuel, clean a windshield ... and get back onto the road at cruise speed.

I'd bet you're looking at a 12+ hour trip of driving time. Probably best that you plan on a rest stop or two ... if for no better reason than to get out of the car, stretch your legs, and give yourself a break from the driving chores concentration. Also more restful if you actually take the time to get a meal or two enroute rather than just snacking on junk food while driving ....

For most people, I'd be surprised if you arrived at your destination any sooner than the wee hours of the next day after your noon departure. Yes, some folk can drive that many hours without rest ... but for most folk, that distance is past the point of safe attentive driving span.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:08 AM
 
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800 miles in 9 hours?

I don't think so. That's a 90 mph driving speed average, not legal even in Texas where you might see an 80 mph zone.

More realistically, I'd suggest a 65-70 mph average possible if you stay on interstates and take only a minimal rest stop and fuel stops. You didn't mention your car, but most have a 300 +/- range unless you've got a large fuel tank diesel car with an extended cruising range. It takes more time than you think to get off the highway, get fuel, clean a windshield ... and get back onto the road at cruise speed.

I'd bet you're looking at a 12+ hour trip of driving time. Probably best that you plan on a rest stop or two ... if for no better reason than to get out of the car, stretch your legs, and give yourself a break from the driving chores concentration. Also more restful if you actually take the time to get a meal or two enroute rather than just snacking on junk food while driving ....

For most people, I'd be surprised if you arrived at your destination any sooner than the wee hours of the next day after your noon departure. Yes, some folk can drive that many hours without rest ... but for most folk, that distance is past the point of safe attentive driving span.
I have a 2011 Nissan Sentra. I am going to go see my BF. He made the trip to see me and it took him about 9 hrs, thats how I got the estimate (more less). he got delayed with a few accidents on his way over here
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:11 AM
 
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I agree...800 miles in 9 hours? Hell no.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:12 AM
 
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Thanks for the tip! I usually can stay awake with music. Plus, Im leaving at noon and will arrive around 9pm ish. I think I'll be good
If you haven't spent that long in the car, don't count on music being able to keep you awake. After about 4 or 5 hours, it may not be enough. And you can get sleepy driving during the day. It's white line hypnosis. ;-)
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:13 AM
 
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800 miles in 9 hours?

I don't think so. That's a 90 mph driving speed average, not legal even in Texas where you might see an 80 mph zone.

More realistically, I'd suggest a 65-70 mph average possible if you stay on interstates and take only a minimal rest stop and fuel stops. You didn't mention your car, but most have a 300 +/- range unless you've got a large fuel tank diesel car with an extended cruising range. It takes more time than you think to get off the highway, get fuel, clean a windshield ... and get back onto the road at cruise speed.

I'd bet you're looking at a 12+ hour trip of driving time. Probably best that you plan on a rest stop or two ... if for no better reason than to get out of the car, stretch your legs, and give yourself a break from the driving chores concentration. Also more restful if you actually take the time to get a meal or two enroute rather than just snacking on junk food while driving ....

For most people, I'd be surprised if you arrived at your destination any sooner than the wee hours of the next day after your noon departure. Yes, some folk can drive that many hours without rest ... but for most folk, that distance is past the point of safe attentive driving span.
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I agree...800 miles in 9 hours? Hell no.
Ok I was going based on what my friends told me. (they said it'd be about 800 miles). I just looked and it's actually 551 My mistake!!
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:17 AM
 
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I always bring my cd's that I've burned. Bring snacks, drinks. If you feel the need pull off to stretch your legs. Make sure your phone is charged. Other than that, nothing really to plan. It's a road trip, just start driving.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:19 AM
 
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Lol Well that's a tad better. Like others have said, make sure to get out every once in a while (in a safe place), stretch your legs etc., bring snacks, water...Make sure to have a car emergency kit...all that jazz. Try not to race there, ya know? Safer for you & everyone else on the road.
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