I have recently (like 3 days ago), finished a road-trip through the US southern states.  We drove from Los Angeles California (which is on the west coast), to Florida (the east cost in case you didn’t know) and back again in around 3 weeks.   That’s like 10,000km+ (or 6,000 miles+ if you’re from the US).  If you’re from Texas, it means we drove more than Texas :-)

Anyway, I’ll have LOTS of updates on this soon, with lots of good blog topics from the trip, but wanted to touch on one thing first: Driving in the US, and US drivers.

The black and white version of driving in the US:

  • Interstates rock!  You can actually get the signposted speed 99% of the time (in fact mostly much more, see below)
  • Almost everyone speeds, like 10-20 miles over the limit.  If you go on the limit EVERYONE including trucks passes you
  • US drivers tailgate on interstates and state highways.  Like 1m behind you @ 70miles and hour (100km/hr+).
  • Less than 5% of the drivers indicate.  Especially noticeable for lane changes.

As an aside, interstates and highways are pretty easy to navigate, and are very well signposted.

Anyone in New Zealand will know about spaghetti junction in Auckland.  Well the photo for this post is for the Dallas/Fort Worth interchange.  I think that must be the spaghetti factory there!  And yes, I did drive it!

Black and White Version: Driving in the US was surprisingly easy.  Interstates are fast and easy, and drivers are (mainly) good – but they sure do tailgate, and don’t indicate.

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