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Old 07-08-2016, 04:12 PM   #29
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One other thing I often try to do when leaving home and having to travel through large cities is to plan my trip to traverse those cities on a weekend.

I'm not sure if my logic holds water or not, but my feeling is that the city traffic should be lighter, especially compared to anything near rush hour on a week day.

When heading south on our annual snowbird trip, our first day of driving is a long day - has been upwards of 1000 miles, (although as I get older and realise I have been retired 16 years and can take my time, it tends to be less now but still a long day. ) We usually aim to make it a Saturday or Sunday.

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Old 07-08-2016, 05:42 PM   #30
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In addition to the great advice already offered, I would suggest that you acquire and install a rear view camera. Even though I have a good set of Milenco mirrors, my rear view camera has become a necessity for me for a more relaxed safe journey through a major city. Jim


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My biggest heartburn about freeway travel in large cities is not knowing which lane I need when major arteries come together. I have now started previewing the intersection on maps.google.com. I can usually pick out which lanes go where I am headed. As an earlier comment pointed out, the center lane in a three lane stretch eliminates those panic moments when you discover the right lane is exit only.
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In congested urban areas I just swerve from lane to lane while playing country music loudly with the truck windows down. Works like a charm - everyone gives me a wide berth... ;-)
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:54 PM   #33
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in congested urban areas i just swerve from lane to lane while playing country music loudly with the truck windows down. Works like a charm - everyone gives me a wide berth... ;-)

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Old 07-14-2016, 12:34 AM   #34
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Towing on the freeway!! Tips.

Don't forget at least one copy of the "stars and bars" somewhere on the truck and either an Auburn or Alabama sticker or six. Also requires a gun rack in the rear window, and a ratty John Deere ball cap, stuck on backwards, of course. For a certainty, a set of "never forget" mud flaps.

Been there, seen that, gave that good ol' boy a wide berth.


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From my job working at a Civil War battlefield, I've got a great rendition of "Dixie" on a CD - and a gray kepi! ;-)
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Spent quite a few years in Huntsville, Al. It was interesting.

The first 6 weeks, I had to explain southern culture and mannerisms and interpret 'Southern Drawl' to the boys.

It's really a wonderful area, full of history and tradition. Lots of neat camping and fishing, plus lots of rocket scientists there at NASA.

Still have family there.


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Has anyone mentioned navigation apps? I have been using WAZE for all my driving, even when I think I know the area. Numerous times it has redirected me around traffic jams and hazards that I would have had no clue until I was in the middle of it. Recent trip to Carmel, CA through SF, it guided us off the interstate and along local roads that avoided massive traffic congestion that was visible from off the freeway. It also has been invaluable in unfamiliar areas, directing us to our destinations. Instead of being a distraction it has helped point out important features of navigation to the destination. As someone mentioned above, looking far ahead at what's coming.
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I use an iPhone running the NAVIGON app. Works for me, once you pay for it the map updates are free. Seems to do just fine in my travels. Traffic avoidance needs a data connection as far as I know. All the maps are on the phone, so it does not have Google Maps issues if there is no data available. In fact, I've run it on an old iPad with an external gps. Talk about a glass cockpit--that's a huge display.


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