Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Rental Cars

Check to see if your insurance or credit card covers you. The rental car company insurance is expensive!

 

 

Andy’s Advice:  ” Always ask for a red Ferrari”

For the best deal, check the travel internet sites and utilize any company or auto club discounts.

It may be cheaper to rent your car from a location away from the airport.

Number Please.

U. S. Highway numbers were established actually on purpose so that even numbered highways run east/west and odd numbers run north/south.  Clever huh?  If there is a bend in the road, it doesn’t get a new number.

The federal government established a national numbered highway system in 1926 to bring order to the nation’s confusing collection of named regional roads, many of which were known only to locals. States later followed that system.

The U. S. government developed federal interstate numbering system in 1957, which began to replace the old U. S. highway system.

Much as the nation’s founders preferred easily manageable grids in plotting cities, Eisenhower-era bureaucrats set up a numbered, graph paper highway network for the entire nation.

Major roads in this system have one- or two-digit numbers, while three-digit routes signify smaller spurs. There are some exceptions like the 101 is considered major in California!

The numbers for north-south routes get bigger as you travel east, while east-west routes get bigger as you travel north. Thus, I-95 and I-90 hang by the East Coast and meet in Boston, while I-8 and I-5 traverse the far west and intersect in San Diego. Moderate-sized numbers such as I-40 and I-44 appear, sure enough, in the heart of the country, Oklahoma City.

Three-digit numbers are reserved for interstate routes that branch off a major, long-distance route. The last two digits indicate the parent route. The “-05” in 405, for example, indicates the freeway feeds a principal route, I-5.

The first digit of a three-digit interstate explains the road’s function. If that first number is odd, it indicates a spur that runs directly to a city, the way the 710 terminates right in Long Beach.

When the first digit is even, it means the road makes a loop, or partial loop, around a metropolitan area.

The U.S. highway system shares some numbering traits with the interstates but reverse others. North-south routes also are odd, while east-west ones are even. But the numbers of the freeways grow larger as one travels from the East Coast to the West Coast–the opposite of the interstate system. That’s why California has U.S. Highway 101 and Maine has U.S. Highway 1.

Get Your Kicks!

While roads such as Route 66 have been officially decommissioned, this original national highway network still has an important function:  Many of its slower, narrower roads serve smaller communities and routes less traveled, while some have been upgraded to superhighway status in some areas.

ROAD RAGE!!!

Try to adjust your attitude when you’re driving, be defensive not aggressive. You and your passenger’s safety is the most important object.

Some tips:

  • Avoid eye contact if another driver is acting angry. Don’t make it personal.
  • Drive the speed limit. You may arrive a little later, but you will arrive! 83% of road rage incidents involve excessive speed.
  • Don’t tailgate. Allow adequate space between cars especially at night. If someone is on your tail, pull over and let them pass. Keep your hands on the steering wheel. Obscene gestures don’t help anything.
  • Avoid cutting off another driver. If you make a mistake (it’s hard to read the map, drive and yell at the kids all at once!) try to apologize with a “sorry” gesture.

 

Now, hit those highways!

 

— Andy Gilchrist