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Old 01-16-2010, 11:24 AM
 
Location: SouthCentral Texas
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I hate driving at night, I would rather pay 40 bucks for a motel than have to drive at night...
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Texas
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11 hours is a long time. Although I understand your need to save money, if you really feel that you're getting tired, don't keep driving! Pull off and find a cheap hotel right off the highway.

One time many years ago I flew from Ft. Myers, FL to Reno, NV which took about six hours (one stop in Dallas). Then I drove another nine hours from Reno back to Los Angeles. By the time I got home I was practically hallucinating and it was about 1:00 a.m. Eastern time! How did this happen? I kept thinking, "Oh, I can just go a little bit more. A little longer." Of course, this is how accidents and deaths occur! You push and push yourself until you can't, anymore.

Best of luck; that seems like a very long trek to try to accomplish in one night. Let us know how it goes!

Excellent advice, but sadly it's not taken often enough. Too many people find out the truth of this old adage the hard way: It's not all those miles you've driven which kills you; it's that last one you don't finish.
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:16 PM
 
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One time many years ago I flew from Ft. Myers, FL to Reno, NV which took about six hours (one stop in Dallas). Then I drove another nine hours from Reno back to Los Angeles. By the time I got home I was practically hallucinating and it was about 1:00 a.m. Eastern time! How did this happen? I kept thinking, "Oh, I can just go a little bit more. A little longer." Of course, this is how accidents and deaths occur! You push and push yourself until you can't, anymore.

Back in my younger days, I used to work 6am - 4pm and then drive from Richmond, VA to Nashville, TN overnight. Then one night, I woke up to find that three of my wheels were off the road. From then on, I quit driving that much in one pass.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Fear always energizes me. Never fails. The fear of getting a ticket.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, I now have night vision, so that curtails my nighttime driving.
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