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Driving + transit from Boston to Manhattan

How can I drive most of the way from Boston to New York, park, and then take commuter rail (or similar) into Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Dec 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Where to stop in Arkansas or Oklahoma in December

I will be driving from Austin, Texas to Columbia, Missouri to visit family next month. My two children, 10 and 12, will be with me and I'd like to break up the 12-ish hour trip with an interesting stop along the way. What's good? [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 on Nov 26, 2016 - 11 answers

DCA to BOS = Snow Tires?

I am moving to Boston at the end of December. I have never lived north of DC before and thus have never had a need for snow tires before. Help a displaced Southerner out. [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl on Nov 20, 2016 - 26 answers

How do I left foot accelerator?

I am looking for a recommendation for a left foot accelerator pedal for a friend who has mobility issues with his right foot. Googling has lead me to several models, and I'd like to hear from anyone who actually uses one. [more inside]
posted by klausman on Nov 8, 2016 - 2 answers

Uber, or not Uber?

I am debating getting a car and becoming an Uber driver. Is this a good plan? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Nov 1, 2016 - 20 answers

Mother and her terrifying driving

To put it bluntly my mother's driving is terrifying and sometimes dangerous. To put in context she is 70 next year and its getting worse. She speeds, drives too close to other cars, lacks concentration and acts as though she owns the road. How can my sister and I tell her things need to change and she either needs a refresher driving course or to not drive at all? We have tried telling her that her driving is scary. (Snowflakes follow) [more inside]
posted by Mrs T on Oct 3, 2016 - 19 answers

Stop for a schoolbus with flashing red on a road perpendicular to yours?

Do drivers of a vehicle on a road perpendicular to a road with a school bus stopped with flashing red lights have to stop for that school bus? I'm in Maryland. [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Sep 12, 2016 - 16 answers

Life Without Wheels

I sold my car. After a bad experience at a car dealership, I'm now wondering: do I actually need a car? [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Sep 3, 2016 - 33 answers

Good albums to sing along with on my commute?

I want to sing in the car, both because I won't be overheard and because I'll feel happier driving (an activity that I find inherently tense and unpleasant). But, it's difficult for me to find albums whose songs mostly have a manageable vocal range and lyrics that are either familiar or somewhat accessible. What albums have you enjoyed singing along to while you drive? Thanks in advance for any help.
posted by newtonstreet on Aug 24, 2016 - 26 answers

Renting a car and driving in Portugal/Spain

I am considering renting a car for good portion of an upcoming two-week trip to Portugal and possibly Spain. I have never rented a car or driven outside North America. I have some questions about this. [more inside]
posted by breakin' the law on Aug 24, 2016 - 21 answers

What to do on my drive?

I'm driving from Portland to the Painted Hills (Mitchell, OR specifically) in a few days and would love to see the sights along the way. What route should I take, and what should I see? [more inside]
posted by duien on Aug 8, 2016 - 9 answers

Last minute getaway within driving distance of NYC

My family is looking for a last minute beach or lake house getaway within driving distance of NYC. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Aug 8, 2016 - 10 answers

Thigh pain from sitting

What I can I do to reduce thigh pain while driving long distances? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jul 25, 2016 - 15 answers

Ireland: Self-Catering Driving Tour

We are looking to take advantage of the current extraordinary airfare rates to Ireland. We would like to plan a trip similar to our week in the Cotswolds a few years ago, but we don't know enough about Ireland to be secure in our choices. [more inside]
posted by tmharris65 on Jul 23, 2016 - 4 answers

Learning to drive in Seattle

As much as it pains me to admit it, I'm a grown-ass woman who can't drive. 33 years old, living in Seattle. Looking for help/advice, places to practice driving. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Jun 25, 2016 - 27 answers

driving from nashville to austin

My husband and I are driving from Nashville to Austin via Memphis. The plan is to spend one night in Nashville, one in Memphis, and then end up in Austin. A few questions: 1.) Lodging recommendations in Nashville (between $100-$150 a night and centrally located) 2.) Is it possible to drive from Memphis to Austin in one day? I saw this post detailing the horrors of I-35. Is there an alternative? Google maps says it will take approximately 10 hours. Is that accurate? 3.) Is it better to split the drive between Memphis and Austin into 2 days? If so, where should be stop for the night? 3.) Lodging recommendations in Memphis. 4.) If you could spend an additional night in either Nashville or Memphis, which would be preferable? We are a young couple who like spicy local food, cheap outings, scenic views, and live music.
posted by allthingsconsidered on Jun 22, 2016 - 19 answers

Vacation that's driving distance from Montreal? With 1 year old?

So this summer, we're all off for the last two weeks of July. We originally didn't plan a vacation because our budget has been tight, but we now have a little wiggle room and would like to do a short getaway with our 12 month old daughter. We'd like to stay in Canada due to the exchange rate, and would prefer to stay within a reasonable driving distance from Montreal for baby. Where can we go? [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Jun 21, 2016 - 10 answers

Solutions to this particular driving visibility issue

Seeking hacks or vehicle recommendations for safely navigating cramped urban neighborhood intersections with too many parked cars and poor visibility. [more inside]
posted by figgy_finicky on Jun 15, 2016 - 14 answers

driving instructor bookers?

Is there an Uber for learning how to drive a manual car in the UK? The driving school market has collapsed and it is very difficult to find anyone at the moment.
posted by parmanparman on Jun 14, 2016 - 3 answers

Beyond "On the Road"

Looking for fiction and nonfiction about road trips. Ideally the narrative would be 80% about the journey rather than the destination, but that's not a hard rule. [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano on Jun 12, 2016 - 27 answers

Improve my cross-country drive!

I'm driving from Memphis to Seattle alone with a dog in July. What can I do, aside from the obvious podcasts, audiobooks, etc., to make the trip minimally stressful and (hopefully) fun? [more inside]
posted by deus ex machina on Jun 11, 2016 - 13 answers

Life is a highway, and I still can't drive

I turn 30 in a few months. I still do not have my driver's license, but not for lack of trying. I feel like there's a brick wall keeping me from passing my test and feeling comfortable driving. What else can I try? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on May 30, 2016 - 37 answers

Can I get to there from here?

Help me solve my transportation conundrum! [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on May 30, 2016 - 8 answers

road food near Chicago

You're driving from Michigan to Wisconsin, taking I-94 to I-90. You'll inevitably have to drive around Chicago, and want to stop for lunch or dinner somewhere in there. Where do you go? Difficulty level: no cheese-centric cuisine. [more inside]
posted by yarntheory on May 29, 2016 - 12 answers

Why are drivers appearing to stop short more regularly now?

Is this an insurance claim scam (i.e. purposefully intending to set up a rear-ending)? Is this because of the proliferation of hybrids that "drive differently"? I'm noticing it at least once a day now--maybe more-- mostly on city streets, and I've been driving for three decades. I think I'm noticing it in newer cars, hence the hybrid hypothesis. [more inside]
posted by RaRa-SpaceRobot on May 13, 2016 - 31 answers

When can I get my license back

I lost my license to a medical suspense when I lived in Virginia. I currently live in Colorado. Which state laws do I have to follow? [more inside]
posted by bigbadbehr on May 3, 2016 - 2 answers

What could neurologically account for my difficulty with driving?

I was discussing my driving difficulties with an aunt, who told me that at least four other family members share these same traits. I am wondering what neurological or physiological issue might explain these traits. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Apr 28, 2016 - 36 answers

New GPS app for iOS

MotionX, the company who made my favorite GPS app, GPS Drive, has gotten out of the business of driving apps, citing an inability to compete with Apple and Google. I'm looking for a new app for iOS with a few specific features. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Apr 25, 2016 - 8 answers

Prius Penske Canine Cat

Me, my husband, my dog, and my cat are all piling into two vehicles (our Prius and a moving truck) and driving 2000 miles. How do we keep from killing each other (especially the dog)? [more inside]
posted by meese on Apr 19, 2016 - 17 answers

Does this app exist?

I want to drive around my city while an app tracks my route. As I pass certain buildings, I want to be able to touch a button that marks that location on the route, so that I can find those landmarks again later. Does something like this exist? [more inside]
posted by southern_sky on Apr 15, 2016 - 7 answers

Cool Things between Charlotte and College Station

This is going to be a first for us - an extended family road trip that's not entirely about driving overnight and getting to the destination ASAP. And so, we are turning to you for some help. [more inside]
posted by daikaisho on Feb 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Driving on the other side of the road?

We're in the US and are considering matching with an au pair from the UK. We need her to drive our kids. How hard is it to switch sides of the road when driving? Can we expect her to adjust to this quickly? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Jan 26, 2016 - 41 answers

How comfortable would you be making this drive?

I'm thinking of driving from Portland to Las Vegas in August in a 20-year-old car (1996 Nissan Altima) with 183,000 miles on it. Owning a car is still new to me so I'm trying to figure out if I'm being overly cautious. Would you make this drive? [more inside]
posted by Automocar on Jan 21, 2016 - 35 answers

What's it like to drive for Uber?

I’m considering driving for Uber in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am curious: If you are or have been a Uber driver, please tell me your experiences -- the good, the bad and the ugly. If you have been a Uber rider, I’m also curious about your experiences.
posted by maurreen on Jan 16, 2016 - 14 answers

Right turns and u turns

It occurred to me if you're making a right turn from, say, a parking lot, you would be in obvious conflict with someone in the left turn lane who decides to make a u turn (which you would have no way of knowing beforehand). When you're making a right on red or from a parking lot, do you usually wait for the left turn lane to be clear of cars? Or is that overkill? I never see people taking that precaution and I think lots of honking would result if you did.
posted by theshire on Jan 9, 2016 - 23 answers

New Mexico Driving Advice re: Tomorrow's "Storm"?

Tomorrow night around 6pm, I am driving with my mom from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. My parents are watching the Weather Channel and FREAKING OUT that they think a coming storm is going to make our 1 hour drive impossible or *horribly dangerous.* Is this true? [more inside]
posted by aoleary on Jan 7, 2016 - 8 answers

I need a good driving instructor in Toronto

I took a complete driver training program in Toronto. I had a bad experience. I still need more lessons, but don't want to continue with this school. Can anyone recommend a good instructor who can take me out driving, for a reasonable rate? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jan 7, 2016 - 6 answers

Driving in Morocco

We're planning a honeymoon in March in Morocco. We'd like to rent a car there - are we overestimating our own abilities? [more inside]
posted by kingoftonga86 on Dec 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Left turns from side streets and parking lots

I know it's not safe to make a left in front of a car that has stopped for you, or in front of backed up traffic, when entering the main road from a side street or parking lot since they are blocking your view. But that made me wonder about when there is cross hatching on the road specifically indicating to keep the intersection clear, and the backed up traffic is obeying those instructions. Will you turn left in such a situation? Or is that still unsafe? I have a hard time drawing the line between safe driving and just being a timid driver sometimes.
posted by theshire on Dec 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Cromulent cat carrier

I'm looking for an excellent cat carrier in which to place my anxious, ridiculous fluff of a cat for long car rides. [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Dec 8, 2015 - 14 answers

Memphis to Mobile - what places to see in between?

I'm driving from Memphis to Mobile next week and have 2-3 days to spare in between. What places should I see? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Nov 18, 2015 - 13 answers

How are Puerto Rico's highways for night driving?

My wife and I are heading to Puerto Rico for a few days, and plan to explore the island and see a couple baseball games. One is in Mayaguez, but it's only just occurred to me that means driving back to San Juan at probably a little before 10pm. We live in the middle of nowhere, so I'm used to hours-long drives home late after we do something in the city, but my only experience driving in PR is from San Juan to the rainforest, during the day. Are highway conditions OK for driving at night if I only have tourist Spanish and don't really know where I'm going? I'll have an iPhone, but should I spring for the GPS with the rental car?
posted by aaronetc on Nov 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Why does driving make people angry?

Yesterday I had a rather disturbing encounter with a fellow suffering badly from road rage. Having worked as a commercial driver, I really don't understand what causes this? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Oct 18, 2015 - 37 answers

Flatlander Problems

What's the best method of extricating yourself from a parallel parking spot when you're pointed downhill? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Advice on driving around Georgia (the country, not the state)

I'm headed to Georgia on vacation in a few weeks. We're thinking of renting a car in Tblisi and traveling around the countryside- to Stepantsminda and Mtskheta. I'd appreciate any advice on driving in Georgia! Do we need to rent a 4 wheel drive? Or are the roads good enough that we can just use a regular economy-sized car? Thank you!
posted by b_alex_a on Aug 17, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I deal with anxieties about learning to drive as an adult?

I am 38 years old. I have to learn how to drive. I am absolutely terrified. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Aug 10, 2015 - 37 answers

Beyond License Plate Bingo

What do you do to stay entertained on a long road trip? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Aug 7, 2015 - 24 answers

Driving from Seattle to Alaska - best route?

I want to drive from Seattle and 'get to' Alaska, just so I can say I've been there. So-- no particular PLACE in Alaska, but officially "in Alaska". I want to drive, not fly. What's the more scenic place to enter Alaska-- Northway, or Haines? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Aug 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Any thoughts on a Euro-road trip in October?

northern Italy, southern Germany and Austria - what is a must see? [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on Aug 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Driving from DC to Wilmington: Queer family filter

My little queer family is driving down to the Wilmington, NC area from the DC area and we are looking for tips for places to stop every few hours (small kids) that are also "safe" for a very visibly queer family. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Jul 30, 2015 - 5 answers

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