Help a city-slicker drive safely in the Pacific Northwest
October 10, 2010 6:41 PM Subscribe
How are the roads outside of Seattle in October?
posted by larthegreat to travel & transportation around Seattle, WA (21 answers total)
Once upon a time, I used to drive a normal amount for a suburban teenager. Then I moved to a big city with excellent public transport, and haven't driven much in 7/8 yrs. I practiced for 3 hrs this past weekend (first time behind a car in 2 yrs!), but am feeling a little bit anxious about being the sole driver in a trip from Seattle to Anacortes/San Juan Islands next weekend.
Google says the trip is about 1.5 hrs (each way), and mostly along highways. I do well with Highways. I get extremely nervous in cities (Other people terrify me! A car is a massive weapon capable of killing! Why are people going 20 miles over the speed-limit! Why did that car not signal? why is everyone slowing down/speeding up? what do they KNOW?!)
1. Where can I rent a car that minimizes city time? We have no problem taking public transport outside Seattle to get to a car place, but there are too many options out there, I've started with the Airport, but airports can be just as bewildering as cities...
2. Service Stations. My biggest fear is getting a flat tire or having engine trouble somewhere along the way. I'll have a passenger who is even more of a novice driver than myself, so no real help there (or a back up driver). How frequent are service stations/are there service stations at exits along I-5?
3. Any tips? I practiced on highways this past weekend and was fine (got mocked for sticking to the speedlimit, but otherwise did fine). Are there any quirks of the Northwest highways that I should be aware of?
I'm probably over-thinking this whole thing, but I haven't driven regularly in a while, and want to be as little as an idiot on the road as possible. Also, I've gone over the numbers/maps and public transportation is out unfortunately.
this question is way longer than I expected. I'm overthinking this aren't I?