(Closed) Road trip drama… is this normal?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
  • poll: On long road trips (8+ hours):
    I have never had serious traffic or weather problems, you have terrible luck. : (2 votes)
    5 %
    I usually don't have any serious traffic or weather problems, it is definitely the exception. : (13 votes)
    33 %
    I usually do have some wort of traffic or weather problems... par for the course. : (21 votes)
    54 %
    Weather and/or traffic issues Every. Freaking. Time. I don't even know why I keep driving. : (3 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Unfortunately in NYC, there’s really never a good time or place to drive, so I’d say we expect it!

    Post # 4
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I call my travel my karma payment plan 🙂


    Post # 5
    4046 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My family lives 6/7 hours away, so I make the roundtrip about every 6 weeks (8x/year maybe). I usually hit traffic or weather maybe twice, usually around holiday weekends like Thanksgiving.

    I think your best bet is to avoid heavy travel days like the sunday after thanksgiving, use the internet to check weather and traffic. Try to avoid bridges that can get backed up. Bring entertainment like books on tape.

    I am actually more scared to fly because my last two flights back to cleveland were cancelled which was a huge PITA!

    Post # 6
    1697 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Yikes! I live in California and don’t really have crazy weather issues. IF I did, I’d prolly stay at a hotel til the weather subsided. I’m one of those “don’t like to drive in rain” types!

    Post # 8
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Unfortunately, it is kind of par for the course.  At least the traffic and wrecks and delays part.  Especially when going to/from popuar areas like beaches and/or travelling on weekends and holidays.

    Sorry it sounds like you had a hell-ish trip back though.  Bad weather on road trips is never fun.

    Post # 9
    6512 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @CorgiTales:  Oh man!  That sounds awful!  I LOVE road trips, and so does my fiance, but we have had some crazy experiences ourselves.  My fiance is a New Yorker, born and raised, so he didn’t get his license til his early 20’s, and neither of us have a car here.  We rented one for our big road trip last year, and I couldn’t drive for the first part of it because my license had expired and I needed to get to Michigan to renew it.  The weather was gorgeous until Ohio, when all of a sudden the skies turned black and opened up.  My fiance had never even driven in the rain before, so the monsoon-like conditions were intense.  It just kept geting worse and worse, and we couldn’t even see the sides of the highway to pull off, so we just kept going.  We saw cars hydroplane off the road around us, but my fiance managed to keep us on the road.  The sky then got that weird greenish tint, and I knew there was probably a tornado, but I was scared telling Nigel that would freak him out too much.  After about an hour and a half of harrowing driving, we crossed the state line into Michigan, and I swear the clouds broke and the sun came out.  Sure enough, we drove right through the path of a tornado!  It was so scary, but mostly I was just proud of my fiance for handling it so well 🙂

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