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Old 05-06-2016, 12:13 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..
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Old 05-06-2016, 12:16 PM
 
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Go to maps and put in your starting and ending point, it will give you a general time frame but you must consider other variables that will affect your individual time of start and time of arrival.
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Old 05-06-2016, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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My wife and I drove hundreds of thousands of miles on US interstates. We found a pretty good rule of thumb for time estimates was an average of 50 miles per hour. That would make your 400 mile drive take 8 hours. A few times in the west we averaged 60 miles per hour but the speed limit is higher so that makes sense.
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Old 05-06-2016, 12:52 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..
With a few breaks thrown in probably 8hrs. dont rush it or set time goals for arrival.
Make sure theres air in the spare.
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Old 05-06-2016, 01:01 PM
 
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One day. Whether it is a 6 hour day or a 10 hour day depends on traffic, route, and stops.
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Old 05-06-2016, 01:16 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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For Straight thru Driving, I use 50mph as my speed.

That allows for Gas Stops, Bathroom Stops, One "Fast Food" meal break (that is also a bathroom/gas stop).
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Old 05-06-2016, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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6 hours, 40 minutes
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Old 05-06-2016, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I would plan on 8 to 9 hours. While you will have stops for gas, bathroom, food, you also have to plan on heavy traffic, road construction, and possibly accidents, which can cause quite a delay. Just don't rush yourself by having a pre-planned arrival time and you will be fine.
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Old 05-06-2016, 03:39 PM
 
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As others have posted, I always use the 50mph average for highways too. I typically only stop for gas, and use the bathroom then.

I also use Google maps to get a better idea along with route alternatives. Sometimes I create my own route.
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Old 05-06-2016, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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I like to avoid freeways, so 10 hours would be reasonable.
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