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Old 05-06-2016, 04:31 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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If your 400 miles is on backroads / passing through towns or cities.... It could be over 10 hrs.

If it is in rural TX or WY / MT, and on clear roads, it could be 5 hrs or less.

I am glad my car goes a LONG distance per tank of fuel. 400 miles it is not even down to 3/4 tank. I often knock out 400 miles before mid-morning. I had an 864 mile daily trucking route in the mtns. Some days were very long.... Some went fast.
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Old 05-06-2016, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Florida
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When I worked at AAA we planned on an average speed of 50 MPH including pit stops and food.
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Old 05-06-2016, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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What is an approximate time to drive 400 miles one way? I am a conservative driver and dont go more than 5-10 miles above the limit..


Also this will be my first time driving such a distance. What measures should i take?


Place is not decided yet, but source will be Houston. It will be either along 59 or I-10..
How long do you take between bathroom breaks?
If you get up three times for a bathroom break during the night, on I-10 probably 8 hours. Hwy 59 going North add another hour or two to the trip.
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Old 05-06-2016, 08:43 PM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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Place is not decided yet, but source will be Houston. It will be either along 59 or I-10..
Well, how long it takes to get out of Houston could add hours to the estimate . . .
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:00 AM
 
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Thank you all. I am also hoeping an average of 40 mph totally...I have kids too and no night time driving, so almost a full day on the road..

And is it safe to drive 400 miles a day for a first time long tripper...( sometimes I even doze off while changing over from I 45 to I 10 via downtown )
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:40 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Stay awake, or pull over and SLEEP (tough , but possble, even with kids).

Do not take a risk to be driving and drowsy.

One arm hanging out the window will help keep you awake, especially during blizzards (unlikely in east TX). Get out of Houston, then hit the road and you will arrive in 7 hrs. (Add 1 hr every 3 hours for kids to unwind... That is why I always drove at night when I took the kids. By day, they could stop and swim, while I took a under a tree
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:45 AM
 
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If you can avoid rush hour traffic and major construction delays or other incidents, averaging 60 mph (including stops) on the interstate for a long trip is not too difficult. For a 400 mile drive, you're probably looking at right around 7 hours. 6 hours is possible with smooth sailing and minimal stops.

We have one car that can go over 400 miles easily without refueling while our small SUV would be on fumes (or at the side of the road waiting for a fuel delivery). I tend to stop at truck stops when travelling since restrooms are typically cleaner, the coffee tends to be fresh, and there are more options for beverages, snacks, meals, etc.

If you are not used to long trips, plan some extra time which will allow you to take more breaks. And try to avoid eating a lot of carbohydrates while travelling as they can make you sleepy-protein is far better. And staying hydrating helps with alertness.

Have a safe trip.
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Old 05-08-2016, 12:15 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I figure to cover 50 miles in an hour and that is usually pretty darn close. I drive faster than that (if speed limits allow) but there are pit stops and stops to buy gas and get a snack.

Also, I won't travel that far without stopping at viewing areas and I might make a slight detour if there is something I want to see off the main route. You'll know what attractions you will need to allow time for once you know where you are going.
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Old 05-09-2016, 01:50 PM
 
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What is an approximate time to drive 400 miles one way? I am a conservative driver and dont go more than 5-10 miles above the limit..


Also this will be my first time driving such a distance. What measures should i take?


Place is not decided yet, but source will be Houston. It will be either along 59 or I-10..
400 miles, 100 mph sounds like a 4 hour trip!
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Old 05-10-2016, 02:46 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions all..I would love to do a 4 hr , but abide by limits


Any suggestions for places with some nice scenery..Because 400 miles except Eastwards i could end up being still inside Texas mostly . .


Padre island and Hot springs are current options but not sure how good is Arkansas in summer.
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