anyone drive cross country or close to 3,00 miles? any tips for long distance driving?

planning to drive rom new york to los angeles at the end of december along the southern route. any tips for long distance driving?

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Comment by Zippin Pippin on November 18, 2009 at 12:08pm
Stop frequently and stretch! This helps keep the blood from pooling in your legs, and reduces disk compression in your back. Remember to look for smiles, and wave often and you will have a happier trip. A wind up key on the back also helps with that. :)
rich
Comment by Howdy1LC on November 10, 2009 at 11:24am
I never added the CC, since I get of highway hipnosis but make sure you have a spare with you for a long trip and check all the fluids etc. I have 20k on mine in 8 months, long trips are a daily occurance for me. LOL
Comment by XCAPEPOD on November 2, 2009 at 10:27am
Yes, cruise control is the best addition you can make for long trips. I've done a few 1,000 and 1,500 mile trips and one that was nearly 2,000 miles in a week. Of course, a GPS unit is also very handy for navigation! And, make sure you check tire pressures, oil, coolant, wiper fluid, etc., before leaving.
Comment by Susan Barber on November 2, 2009 at 9:41am
Hi George,
We did a 3 day R/T to central FL for a M & G. Probably won't be an issue for you this time of year, but DON'T run the a/c with the top down! Your a/c will freeze up. Simple to remedy though - give it a 10 minute break and it will come back on. Keep a close watch on your tire pressure throughout your trip. You want 32lbs of "cold" pressure constantly. Enjoy!
Comment by Todd Blackley on November 1, 2009 at 11:31pm
Have fun but don't speed in small towns. My son and I did a 2,000 mile trip right after I got mine. 83 across southern UT (the speed limit is 80mph there) and through Las Vegas. Enjoy.
Comment by Sue Watkins on November 1, 2009 at 10:33pm
Hi - just drove from Atlanta, Ga to Gatlinburg, TN - got about 43 mpg I have over 12,000 miles now & still having a ball with my SmartCar - Sad to say I got a ticket in a small town in TN - (TRAP) after writing the ticket they wanted to see the car inside, etc etc - he also wanted to know how fast the SmartCar would go ????????? - (Did not want to say that I have had it up to 85) - What a great car and soooo much fun to drive around in. Have driven it to Williamsburg VA, Charleston and now TN -
Comment by Goober on November 1, 2009 at 9:14pm
Hi George, been thinking the same thing myself
Am thinking 15-N, from LA, > 40-E, instead of the 10
I'm flexible in departure timing, so can look out for heavy weather
Have made the I-10 LA-Fla run a number of times, kinda tired of it
Also want to see meteor crater, Az again
Have fun on your run
Comment by redsmart on November 1, 2009 at 7:44pm
We just drove from Chicago to central Missouri and back - 8 hours each way. We do not have CC, but I think it would be a great addition. I also would like an arm rest. Both seem so expensive though, so I have not made those mods to the car. Pack lightly and bring snacks. When you stop, clean accumulating garbage from the car (cans and papers) so that you will have a pleasant environment. Bring a visor hat to shield your eyes from the rising and setting sun. On this trip, we got 43 mpg by driving about 60-65 mph.
Comment by Itasca Mark on November 1, 2009 at 10:20am
Cruise control is the best thing one can install on their smart that will make a long drive less tiring and more pleasurable. My longest drive was only 325 miles and the CC made all the difference. Of course before any long trip you should check all your fluids, not yours the cars. For the best gas mileage make sure to check you tire pressure as well. We used CD’s on the trip but I’m betting a well stocked mp3 player would make life a bit easier.


Since there are so few mechanics who work on smart cars it would be a good idea to find out where the smart dealers are on your route ahead of time. Not that you will have issues, but its good protocol to plan for the worst. As for general tips hit the internet and search for trip planning. There are too many good ideas to list.

Enjoy the trip.
Comment by George Oller on October 31, 2009 at 6:20pm
Cruise control, arm rest, tinted windows for a start.

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