If you are like me, you hate flying. However, having the opportunity to drive across country is something everyone has to do once. I’ve done it, you can too.
All you need to have a key, and the ability to fill the tank 10 to 20 times. Starting at the major cities it starts in SF and goes to Vancouver, BC, Baniff, Ontario, Yellowstone, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Miami, FL, Dallas, TX, Los Angeles and SF.
I have attempted cross-country drives several time in my life. It is something I recommend to anyone or anyone with a car. The key trick is having a sound vehicle and getting some sound sleep. A mistake on any of those highways can be dangerous, if not fatal.
So what is the best way to learn to drive cross-country, it isn’t as easy as it looks. First of all get to know your car. Know about basic things like what should the engine normally sound like, how should the brakes do and if all your lights are operating correctly. Next, is visit your local Car Club such as AAA and get all the maps, then map quest bed and breakfasts, motels, hotels, resorts, friends stay, campers lodging. Know also all your expected stops. Driving an hour and resting ten minutes seems to work for the first 3 to 4 hours. After about the time, or when you might need refueling, try to stick around the town and get a great rest. Local restaurants, parks and even enthusiasts garages might be a place to drop into. For example if in Wisconsin, you can drop in and see International Maserati and hang out for a while. Maybe ask them to fill tire pressure or check oil. Another similar site might be Beck’s Independent Repair Shop where they too can perform a variety of tasks. Here in Northern California, A. Bauer Independent Porsche Repair is a fabulous choice and will service every model including Audi. If in Southern California, checking out Black Forest Automotive would be worth some effort. They are located just south of the Miramar Air Base. More than likely you’ll pass through Las Vegas and if your navigator has learned to use this blog as a tool to get needed information, you’ll learn that Raymond’s Auto Repair is a long time Porsche repair favorite. Best part of the place is the Sushi digs right across the street. Blasting your way eastward, you will find that Swiss Garage, Since 1968 is a favorite air-cooled German repair shop in the Greater Houston area. Go in.. and use the air condition if your car is fine. Know however.. that humid air can do very funny things to your car, so at very least get your air filters checked. There is a dealership in Speedway Indiana should you might work your self back north. Another happy Porsche repair shop is Rennology in Chicago.
When driving flat wide open road, putting the pedal to the metal is hard to resist. It is highly recommended that maybe to have a Valentine Radar Detector installed to help you keep reminded of speed limits and hard to see turnouts, bends, hills, curves. Keeping pace or making pace with automobiles around you will also help with the speed.
The eastern seaboard is wonderful. In the summer its warm and in the winter.. .its cold. Either way should you need a bit of servicing, in New York, your long traveled car could be serviced by Formula Motors, or if you want to buy a car..like many others, offer sales of both new and vintage cars. Heading south, Stokes Porsche will be the repair shop worth looking into.
One great thing about an automotive getaway is driving Key West. The round trip can be a 1000 or so miles, so maybe considering visiting a local garage called Key West Florida Repair would be worthy. If you do take a long drive, cross country in a Porsche, if more vintage, make sure to have with you a few needed tools.
1. Set of wrenches, including a long wrench for that alternator belt.
2. Battery Charger, plugs into you hotel room outlet
3. Air Pressure unit, plugs into cigarette lighter
4. Emergency / First Aid kit and blanket
5. Picnic Kit and set of tools
6. Map or GPS
The record from New York to LA is just 32 hours 7 minutes, on a clock. I recommend, not attempting trying to break it.