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How can I safely use my iPhone 5 when I'm driving?

I want to make and receive calls when I'm driving, but I want to do it as safely as possible. I've tried two different Bluetooth devices, and they were both terrible. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on May 24, 2014 - 16 answers

Graveyard in the median of a divided highway in New England?

Somewhere in Vermont, I think, there's a graveyard in a wooded area between the north and south lanes of a divided highway. Where is it? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Feb 5, 2014 - 19 answers

Why Portsmouth, NH? Why not Danvers?

I live off Interstate 95 in Massachusetts, and if I want to go north, the sign indicates 95N Portsmouth, NH, and if I want to go south, the sign says 95S Providence, RI. How are these seemingly random cities chosen? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jan 2, 2014 - 13 answers

Home is Where the Highway Is

What is it like owning a home near a *loud* highway or other noisy high-traffic roadway? How do you cope? Will I regret buying this house? [more inside]
posted by falldownpaul on Nov 2, 2013 - 47 answers

Taking action about a dangerous road/intersection

Near where I live in Boston, there is a dangerous road, and a particularly dangerous intersection. I'd like to take action to have someone take steps to remediate it. Can you recommend specific resources and data to use to make the most compelling call to action? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me find this abandoned highway in Northeastern Massachusetts

Several years ago I read about an abandoned stretch of highway midway up the North Shore in Massachusetts, possibly in Danvers or Peabody. Google has turned up this page about an abandoned road in Newburyport, and a reference to an unfinished onramp in Lynn. I could have sworn there was something north of Lynn and east of the Merrimac River, but all my searches have redirected me to those two pages. Am I hallucinating this, or is there an unused onramp or stretch of road south of Newburyport and north of Lynn?
posted by pxe2000 on Aug 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me become a better, more confident driver

Until very recently, I lived in a college town where having a car was completely unnecessary. Though I had my license, I rarely drove. I am now in a place where having a car isn't absolutely necessary, but more convenient. At my parents' behest, I also now have a car, which I'm very grateful for. However, there's such a mental block for me to drive said car that I haven't driven anywhere for over a week. Any suggestions to overcome this general avoidance of driving? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jul 18, 2013 - 32 answers

Speeding on the highway and lost my warning ticket!

Last Saturday, I was speeding on the highway leaving West Bloomfield, Michigan on my way to Cincinnati, Ohio. A police officer pulled me to the side and forgave me for the transgression by issuing me a speeding ticket warning that carries some sort of monetary penalty that my parents have to pay for. I lost the ticket stub itself and don't remember where I was on I-275/if I was even on I-275 and my Mom said that if I don't get it to her ASAP the fines will triple and I'll be grounded. Do any of you guys know if there is a central repository of tickets issued in Michigan that I can go to to see the warning ticket number since locating the exact spot on Google maps is difficult? If not, what can I do?
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Best route from Brooklyn to I-80W in a big-ass truck?

Moving out of Brooklyn (finally). As I see it, there are two basic options. Can you tell me which one is a better bet, and/or suggest an alternate route? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on May 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Who named Ghost Ditch? And when?

This past weekend I drove from Los Angeles to Tucson via Interstate-10, and took to noticing the names of the various ditches and washes that are spanned by the highway out in the middle of the high lonesome desert. There are a lot of them. Ghost Ditch, Taro Ditch, Larry Ditch, Stubby Wash, Fornat Wash, Itta Wash, Edom, Mccoy, Rollie, Bula, Sutro, Calotus, Esso, Arco, Teed, Turala, maybe a hundred between the ditches and the washes. The names don't seem to refer to nearby municipalities (there aren't any) or other geographical features, and are clearly part of the National Bridge Inventory. How were these 'waterways' named? Who named them? Were they named before the freeway required infrastructure to pass over them, or during the construction process, or when the NBI was implemented, or after the fact altogether? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 14, 2013 - 7 answers

How much extra safety would a crash helmet offer a highway driver wearing a seatbelt?

How much extra safety would a crash helmet offer a highway driver wearing a seatbelt? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Dec 5, 2012 - 16 answers

90s japanese film about love in faceless corporate world

Looking for a Japanese film I saw prior to 2003. It was a dystopian picture of some people trying to have an office romance in the corporate office landscape of Tokyo - lots of shots of bleak urban concrete and highways and faceless office parks full of conformist white collar employees - in the final scene of the film one of the characters is stranded walking along the edge of a highway. It dealt with a complicated love triangle. I know this isn't the title, but it was something like "Kiss me twice, now hold me I love you" or something a little crazy like that- I believe this film was made in the 90s or the early 2000s. It was in Japanese language with subtitles. There is a slight chance it may have been Korean, but I'm pretty sure it was Japanese. This film may have been discussed by Fredric Jameson in one of his essays as it was screened in a graduate school class on Japanese cultural critique.
posted by cmp4Meta on Sep 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Jealous? Of Denmark? Why, yes!

Danish bicycle superhighway. How could something like this get built in a US city? And what could an average citizen do to support such efforts? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Sep 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Navigating the Trans Canadian Highway between Spanish, Ontario to Blind River, Ontario on bicycles.

Bicycle touring logistics: Navigating the Trans Canadian Highway between Spanish, Ontario to Blind River, Ontario on bicycles. Crazy? Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Jun 15, 2012 - 8 answers

How long has the Highway of Tears been around for?

How long has BC's Highway 16 been known as the Highway of Tears? I'm trying to establish the origins of the name.
posted by avocet on Apr 16, 2012 - 5 answers

how do normal people enter the freeway?

Can anyone please explain to me how to enter the highway without mentally writing my last will and testament? It terrifies me and I feel I endanger other people, too. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Mar 21, 2012 - 33 answers

Help a Nervous Neighbor Get Over the Hill

Topographical info for highways near me generally, and specifically how much grade on California Highway 1 from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay? [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Jan 28, 2012 - 4 answers

How many overpasses are there on the Highway of Heroes?

How many overpasses are there on the Highway of Heroes? Do you happen to know, or can you help me figure out a GIS workflow that will help me out? [more inside]
posted by avocet on Nov 20, 2011 - 4 answers

rollin', rollin', rollin'...

I need help calculating toll expenses for a car trip between NY and NJ. [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Aug 19, 2011 - 14 answers

We Must Go Faster.

Do high-speed chases ever work out for the chasee these days? Considering the amount of cameras, helicopters, and foreknowledge law enforcement has to catch people trying to make a high-speed getaway, have there been any successful escapes in the US in the last 20 years or so? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jan 15, 2011 - 29 answers

Scenic route from Charleston to Asheville?

I'm driving from Charleston, SC to Asheville, NC tomorrow and would prefer to take a scenic route. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman on Oct 16, 2010 - 4 answers

A mismatched, jammed zipper of rage.

When losing a lane on a highway, what is the proper place to merge? [more inside]
posted by zap rowsdower on Sep 7, 2010 - 16 answers

(the) road ends here

Suppose that I was giving someone directions to my house that involved telling someone to take an highway or freeway. Would I be correct in telling that person to "take the 10" or "drive four miles on the 60"? I've been mercilessly mocked for inserting the "the" into those directions, but I can't find anything conclusive about the proper way to refer to it. [more inside]
posted by pecknpah on Aug 22, 2010 - 77 answers

Oil Change or No?

How soon do I need an oil change after a very long highway trip? [more inside]
posted by MorningPerson on Jul 28, 2010 - 13 answers

Truck Driver's hard hill

On the Road filter. What's a famous hill for truck drivers, probably in OK or Arkansas? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Jul 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Name this scifi story about highways of the future

Looking for a short sci-fi story that I read on the internet. It was about a police force who worked in the very risky highways of the future, where rocket cars zoomed around at hundreds of miles an hour. [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Nov 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Highway measuring devices...maybe?

Question about highway....measuring devices? Not exactly sure. [more inside]
posted by brandman on Oct 9, 2009 - 11 answers

How is highway traffic entirely stopped?

How do the police/traffic authorities stop a moving highway/motorway? [more inside]
posted by cdenman on Sep 1, 2009 - 13 answers

Highways that are NOT Interstates?

Planning a road trip. Is there a place I can find a list of 4-lane, 55 to 55+ MPH highways that are NOT Interstates? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Jun 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Which direction would you choose to drive on the Pacific Coast Highway between LA and SF?

Which direction would you choose to drive on the Pacific Coast Highway between LA and SF? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on Apr 5, 2009 - 12 answers

Four buses closed the northbound I-4 in Orlando on Wed. - why?

My parents are curious why the police had the northbound I-4 + on ramps closed in Orlando (until the turnoff for the airport) for 4 Mears buses on Dec. 31 at 2pm or so? Who was in them?
posted by nothingsconstant on Jan 1, 2009 - 2 answers

Fixed a freeway sign.

Read a story in the LA times a decade ago, can't remember the details: a man fixed a misleading freeway sign by himself. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jan 1, 2009 - 5 answers

What caused my engine to shut off?

What caused my engine to shut off? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Nov 24, 2008 - 10 answers

How's Fredericksburg I-95 traffic on Black Friday?

How bad will I-95 traffic around Fredericksburg be on Black Friday? [more inside]
posted by parttimesaint on Nov 23, 2008 - 3 answers

Are there any sites that offer driving recommendations?

Are there any sites that offer driving recommendations? I don't mean driving directions, I mean sites that offer tips and tricks for more pleasant ways to go from point A to point B, or that provide information and tips about specific interstates, freeways, highways, and roads. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Jul 31, 2008 - 5 answers

Are Badlands Good?

Is it worth it to leave I90 and drive through Badlands National Park? [more inside]
posted by silkygreenbelly on Jul 30, 2008 - 38 answers

Best route from SoCal to Washington?

I'll be driving from Los Angeles to the Seattle area in a few weeks. I don't want to endure the dreariness of I-5 all the way up, but I also don't want to spend too much time on the trip. Three days would probably be ideal; four would be acceptable. What route will provide the best balance of beauty/points of interest and expediency? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Jul 29, 2008 - 15 answers

Highway to hell?

RoadTripFilter: Driving from New York City to Chicago, IL for Lollapalooza. A few questions... [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp on Jul 23, 2008 - 11 answers

Mystery in the fast lane

Mostly on highways, but also on large surface streets, there are these configurations of tar lines. Usually two per lane. They're sort of octagonal -- basically squares with angled-off corners, making them 8-sided. Additional lines of tar lead from the roadway to the shoulder. What are they?
posted by mudpuppie on Jul 17, 2008 - 12 answers

Why are there so many dead deer bodies on the Merritt?

Why are there so many dead deer bodies on the side of the highway on the Merritt Parkway in CT? Do they die on the side of the road right before they prance onto the highway? They look too perfectly placed and appear to lack much bleeding to have been run over then moved aside. [more inside]
posted by Jimmie on Jun 9, 2008 - 21 answers

Travel the Newell Highway

I want to travel to Brisbane from Melbourne via the Newell Highway. I have done thisn drive many times before, but non stop. I have a young family now and would like to break the trip up. [more inside]
posted by mattoxic on Jan 26, 2008 - 3 answers

Why does road paving take so long in Massachusetts?

Why does road paving take so long in Massachusetts? Last year, when the Mass Pike was being paved, it was a multi-month project. They would mill the road, leave the milled road as is for several weeks, then pave it. The process of covering the length of the work area took several months. By comparison, when I lived in the DC Metro area, paving happened overnight on Route 66 in Northern Virginia inside the Beltway - seemingly instantaneously. One machine would mill the road, collect the milled asphalt, turn it into new asphalt, lay it, and then it would be paved -- in hours, not weeks or months. They would mill/pave one lane one night, then move to the next lane the next night. [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Dec 9, 2007 - 19 answers

Why does this town smell like garlic?

There is a stretch of highway 25 in Wareham, MA (south of Route 195) that consistently smells like garlic, and I have no idea why or where the smell is coming from. [more inside]
posted by nekton on Sep 11, 2007 - 4 answers

Driving from San Jose to Pasadena via CA-1, what are the must-see scenic stops?

Driving from San Jose to Pasadena via CA-1, what are the must-see scenic stops? The time constraint is 24 hours (from Sunday morning to Monday morning). So far, the only markers on my route are the Mystery Spot and Big Sur.
posted by parttimeninja on Aug 1, 2007 - 14 answers

What's the difference between highways and freeways/the interstate in the US?

What's the difference between highways and freeways/the interstate in the US? [more inside]
posted by pravit on Jun 18, 2007 - 29 answers

Accellerate/Coast method more fuel efficient than cruise control?

Question about cruise control vs. a special acceleration/coasting technique in terms of fuel efficiency. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jun 14, 2007 - 11 answers

What is the best way to live-blog a cross-country road trip??

What is the best method & location for live-blogging a cross country trip using a MacBook, DSLR camera, DV camera, t-mobile EDGE and intermittent wifi? [more inside]
posted by tarthur on Jun 13, 2007 - 6 answers

Crossing highways?

Is there anywhere that two interstate highways cross at the same exit number? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on May 14, 2007 - 8 answers

on the road again

In late May, I'll be driving with a bunch of friends in an RV from Sacramento CA to George WA and back for the Sasquatch Music Festival. I've only driven as far north as the Oregon border before, so I'm looking for recommendations of interesting places to stop - your favorite diners, pie shops, waterfalls, hot springs (improved or not) and other oddities of northwest highway culture. I'm familar with many Northern California hot springs (I really like the one in Sierraville), and would love to find other very inexpensive and informal places like that.
posted by luriete on Apr 25, 2007 - 14 answers

What's the deal with the "D" on a "wide load" sign?

A "wide load" vehicle on the highway seems to always have a sign on the back to indicate that it's a "wide load", but the sign doesn't say "wide load". Instead, it has the letter "D" in the middle of it, and red/white vertical bars. Why a "D"? What does the "D" stand for? Why not just have the sign say "WIDE LOAD"? I'm in Canada, if this is something that'd be different in other countries.
posted by gwenzel on Apr 20, 2007 - 11 answers

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