Next year looks like it will be time for another 8000 to 9000 mile road trip. The last time I did a serious road trip was back in June of 2007. It took 30 days and took me out to the west coast. along the way were many stops at car museums, speed shops, race tracks, and private collections. I was able to avoid the Interstate highways for the most part and it gave me a chance to share the experience here.
What are the characteristics of a vehicle for such a road trip?
With fuel prices ratcheting up should I focus on economy? Should I look for a turbo diesel? How about a high mileage gasoline car – say one getting 35 mpg? Should it be a Scion Xc? a Lotus? a Prius?
There is a huge difference in the personality of vehicle law enforcement as you travel from state to state. For some it is sincerely a task to try to ensure safety and for others it is a vital revenue stream. In order to get through with a low profile sometimes the vehicle will affect how you as a driver are treated. Should it be a car that blends in with the “average” car? How about using a second hand state police car?
Electronics of all types are employed these days to enforce traffic laws and collect revenue. Speed cameras are not just in the UK. Red light cameras are everywhere. Police are using LIDAR more than RADAR in many states. There are aircraft and a few use VASCAR. Are electronic counter measures at the top of the list? RADAR/LIDAR detectors? Police scanners? Anti-radar coatings?
Comfort or speed? With 8-9000 miles to look forward to should a nice ride and creature comforts be primary? Music, air-conditioning, and a cushy ride? Or should that be ignored and speed and handling be put at the top of the list so that the ride becomes the focal point? Get there fast and with great handling on twisty roads?
Is there something else that should be considered?