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Driving in heavy CA traffic

I am a 52 y/o woman with a perfect driving record but for the last 20 years I have only driven in Idaho--Boise is the biggest traffic I have seen in the last 20 years. We may be moving to the Fresno area and I will want to drive the freeways to LA and SF and be confident about it. I need advice because I have really developed some anxiety when I think about it. Last weekend my husband and I rented a car and drove from the Fresno airport to a smaller city nearby and I was even nervous as a passenger when he had to use the GPS to find our ways on the freeways. We had to keep up our speed even when we did not know when/where to turn off. The Hertz GPS magellan was not that good but it still looked nerve-wracking to me! What advice can you give me? I would love to be able to take off from Fresno and drive to LA for the day sometime. How will I get confident about this type of driving? It seems the traffic goes much faster than I am used to and people are changing lanes faster and with less notice too. I would be smart enough to know not to head to LA during the rush hours but even in lower traffic I am experiencing anxiety even thinking about it! Thanks for your help!
posted by seekingsimplicity on Jul 23, 2011 - 21 answers

Road Trip Filter: Ithaca, Buffalo, Niagara Falls

I am going on a road trip next week that will include Ithaca, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and points in between. I'd love some suggestions of fun, amazing, quirky, or air conditioned things to do along the way. We'll be coordinating rest stops so any 'in between' suggestions would be especially appreciated. Moderately physically active OK, strenuous not so much. Trip includes very small children.
posted by bq on Jul 21, 2011 - 22 answers

safe long-distance ridesharing?

Ride-sharing on Craigslist: how to do it safely? Or should I just not? [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine on Jul 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Why are New Zealand turn signal controls backwards?

Why are turn signal controls on the right side of the steering wheel in New Zealand, but on the left side in the United States and the UK? [more inside]
posted by fremen on Jul 6, 2011 - 21 answers

Where can I go to upload a lot of data quickly?

Where can I go to upload a lot of data quickly? [more inside]
posted by MeatFilter on Jul 4, 2011 - 18 answers

How to make the trip from Baltimore to Chincoteague nice?

Travelling from Baltimore to Chincoteage with Grandma (late 80's) and daughter (4). Where should we stop along the way to make the trip more pleasant? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Jun 29, 2011 - 6 answers

New England to the Midwest: what's awesome near I-90?

We are moving cross-country and would like to plan the best route to get from New England to the Midwest, specifically to Minnesota. We were thinking of stopping at Niagara Falls and in Chicago along the way (to try Rick Bayless' restaurant!). I-90 looks pretty painfully dead along most of the way and we would like to know anything cool near I-90 along this route such as nice places to walk/parks/monuments and things to see, or great places to eat, keeping in mind that we are pescatarians so steakhouses and burger joints are not our bag. Also is there any merit to the idea of taking Route 401 through Canada rather than continuing I-90 through the USA, that would outweigh the negatives of not being able to use our smartphones while outside the States? Any ideas? Thank you for helping us entertain ourselves on a long long drive.
posted by treehorn+bunny on Jun 26, 2011 - 22 answers

O Canada

Advice for driving in Western Canada ... [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Jun 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Road Trippin' questions. Driving from Denver, CO to Blue River, OR, down through California and back to CO. Here's the link to my tentative map.

Road Trippin' questions. Driving from Denver, CO to Blue River, OR, down through California and back to CO. Here's the link to my tentative map. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Jun 18, 2011 - 17 answers

Explain driving and cars.

Tell me about driving and about cars. [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia on Jun 16, 2011 - 37 answers

I'm not drunk officer... I was just at the dentist!

How long does Ativan impair one's ability to drive? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Jun 14, 2011 - 19 answers

Driving game for 360 or pc where you can drive around aimlessly?

Anyone have a recommendation for a driving videogame with a mode where you can just drive around aimlessly? No objectives, checkpoints, cops, chases, races, don't have to kill anyone or anything, etc. [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jun 11, 2011 - 22 answers

Flashing hazards as you pass

USA folks. We are driving on mountain roads, me following you, you traveling more slowly than me. You kindly pull in to let me pass. After I pass I switch on my hazards briefly as I pull away. How do you interpret this? [more inside]
posted by Disco Moo on May 28, 2011 - 53 answers

No, I don't want to count red cars!

What games are good to keep kids occupied on a long car trip? Looking for ds, psp, cellphone games etc. [more inside]
posted by mudkicker on May 26, 2011 - 15 answers

Learning to love Austin, TX

How do I learn to love where I live? (South Austin,TX) [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 on May 24, 2011 - 27 answers

Trailer drivin'

What are your tips for driving with a trailer for (relatively) long distances? Plus other ID-to-CA driving questions inside. [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel on May 21, 2011 - 9 answers

A romantic weekend from LA?

What's a great weekend getaway from Los Angeles at a resonable price? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on May 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Getting Grandma to Give up the Keys

My grandmother is getting too old to drive. We know it, but she doesn't. Any ideas of how to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by blapst on May 13, 2011 - 23 answers

Post Yosemite Driving.

So I am staying in Yosemite for one week in a friend's cabin in Fish Camp, and as long as I'm gone by the 23rd I get it for free. I have full lightweight camping/survival gear, food and a partner but no real clue if we should stay in Yosemite (can't afford a cabin, might not be any more wilderness/overnight passes left) or just slowly drive home. So, included is a MAP of our path home. If anyone knows of a great place to stop, be it for an hour or for a day, feel free to offer it up! We don't have a lot of money, but we do have camping gear/food already so as long as it's not too far off the path we won't have any problem with the gas budget : )
posted by MansRiot on May 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Suggestions for stopovers during roadtrip from GA to AZ?

I'm about to embark on a solo cross-country roadtrip from Georgia to Southeastern Arizona- what are some cool/interesting places that I should check out along the way to break the monotony of travel? [more inside]
posted by robobrent on May 8, 2011 - 13 answers

Where to stop on drive from SMF to SNA?

At the end of June, I'm thinking about driving from Sacramento to Irvine over a few days with my two kids, aged 9 and 11. Where should we stop along the way and where are some good places to stay? [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 on May 3, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I develop spatial awareness for my car?

I'm learning to drive and I need your tips on sensing car position. [more inside]
posted by mossicle on May 2, 2011 - 23 answers

Don't let my fiancé drown!

My fiancé had plans to drive from Houston to Saint Louis over the next two days. Now it's looking like there is a lot of flooding in the Memphis area and Southeast Missouri. Should she worry, or re-route her drive? What's the best route to take given current conditions? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Apr 30, 2011 - 18 answers

Help Me Get Past The Dread Of A Long Trip

I am looking at a drive of 1300 miles in the next two weeks. How do I get past the dread? [more inside]
posted by Mickelstiff on Apr 29, 2011 - 38 answers

Why do I feel like I am driving on the wrong side of the road?

Why do I feel like I am driving on the wrong side of the road? [more inside]
posted by mai on Apr 24, 2011 - 14 answers

step on a crack, break your mother's back, etc.

I'm curious about ritual superstitions, particularly the ones involving driving--holding your breath when going past a graveyard, for example. What are more of them? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Apr 21, 2011 - 63 answers

Any tips for an older learner driver (UK)?

I'm going to learn to drive a car. I have never driven a car before (unless you count, like, dodgems). I'm in my late 30s, and have recently moved to a town on the edge of nowhere (in Wales). The idea of driving is beginning to make me nervous. It's a combination of the "it's hard to learn when you're old" thing, the "rural place so no dual carriageways" thing, and the "oh my all those cars seem to go so fast" thing. What can I do to make this easier? Are there any "learning to drive for dummies" books that are worth getting? Or should I just stop panicking, bite the bullet and book myself some lessons?
posted by handee on Apr 17, 2011 - 38 answers

Panic attacks while driving!

I am terrified of driving cars. I don't have much experience driving (lived in a large city and used public transportation until recently). I find myself thinking that I will get into a car accident every time I get into the car. It is especially bad on the highway, and I even experience shortness of breath and major anxiety while on the highway. Help! [more inside]
posted by Equiprimordial on Apr 13, 2011 - 22 answers

What movie has this car scene?

What movie has this scene? A guy loosely holds a handkerchief/piece of paper out a car window and talks about how he likes to see how loose he can hold on to something important without losing it. [more inside]
posted by slashee on Apr 5, 2011 - 4 answers

How to get through non-interstate Texas?

Best non-interstate route through Texas? Entering Texas through Amarillo and leaving through Houston en route to Louisiana. I'm pulling a trailer and would like to keep a steady of 55-60mph, though 45mph can be fine if it's flat and light on traffic. Any advice and anecdotes are welcome.
posted by caveatz on Apr 4, 2011 - 11 answers

How To Haul My Happy Ass Home?

#SXSWFilter. Due to a very generous friend, I've got a free place to stay in...Round Rock. What's my best option as far as not having to drive in and out of downtown every day? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Mar 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Intensive driving tuition in Nottingham UK.

Daughter passed her theory driving test some time ago but failed the practical. Having had more tuition recently she has another practical test in a few weeks with the complication that her theory test runs out very shortly after. If she fails this practical test she will have to start again from the begining by retaking her theory again. Can anyone recommend a driving instructor in the Nottingham area who will be able to offer a short and intensive course to enable her to pass her practical?
posted by Dr.Pill on Mar 5, 2011 - 4 answers

What I'm looking for is the Mario Andretti of everything.

How would I track down someone who holds the most or at least multiple licenses for driving? Ideally someone who's legally cleared to drive anything from a motorcycle to a locomotive. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Professional offroad driving for power-chair user in UK?

I'm looking for a professional offroad driving facility in the UK that caters - well and without fuss - for disabled people and particularly for power-chair users. [more inside]
posted by vogel on Feb 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Tips/Etiquette on driving safely in the US

First time US Driving Filter: I have been driving for about 5 years now, but not much in the US. I need tips on driving safely. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Feb 24, 2011 - 35 answers

En route to zoom

Best place online to find free/cheap Massachusetts DMV's permit test questions and answers for practice? [more inside]
posted by mooselini on Feb 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Please help me with my fear of being in a car...

Please help me with my fear of driving - either as the actual driver or even in the passenger seat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Baby, You Can Drive My Car

Where is the best place for a scared 30 year old woman to learn to drive in the DC area? [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Feb 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Intensive driving course = stupid idea?

I have to take two weeks off work in the next two months, and thought it would be a great idea to learn to drive. I've heard of 'intensive courses', which would theorically let you pass the driving test after 40+ hours -- in more or less 7 days. But! I'm not sure this is a great idea... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Jan 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Where to: learning to drive in NYC

I am learning to drive. I need good places near NYC to practice. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Jan 29, 2011 - 11 answers

What is the best way to mount a steering wheel controller for playing driving games?

What is the most useful, comfortable and clever way to mount a steering wheel video game controller? [more inside]
posted by EvilPRGuy on Jan 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

Is the drive on 95 to Georgetown in DC a thing to be feared? Any tips for a noob? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2011 - 24 answers

Optional defensive driving courses

Are online defensive driving courses worth it? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jan 5, 2011 - 7 answers

I need to get my driver's license

I'm twenty-seven years old and I need to get my rear in gear and get my driver's license. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Jan 3, 2011 - 20 answers

Drivin' In A Winter Wonderland

How can I find out about the travel conditions on my route home from Frederick, MD to Brooklyn, NY? [more inside]
posted by (Over) Thinking on Dec 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Roadtrip through Oregon!

What should I make sure to see on a short roadtrip through Oregon after xmas? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Dec 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Evasive driving near Atlanta

While in law school, my wife did a drive-along with the police. During the night, there was a high speed chase. She still talks about how thrilling it was. Is there someplace within a couple of hours of Atlanta where she could take an evasive driving class? I've found racetrack/NASCAR experiences, but that's not really what I'm looking for.
posted by donpardo on Dec 17, 2010 - 8 answers

Looking for an ideal spot for driving lessons...!

Where can I find an ideal and expansive place in or around Baltimore to teach someone how to drive manual transmission safely? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Dec 14, 2010 - 18 answers

Snowball Run II: Electric Boogaloo

How crappy is I-94 from Minneapolis, MN to Madison, WI going to be tomorrow morning? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Dec 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Driving Miss Crazy

When you're stopped for a traffic violation, how much of your driving record do the police see on their computer? [more inside]
posted by Ann Onymous on Dec 10, 2010 - 9 answers

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