r/LifeProTips Aug 11 '22 Helpful 5 Wholesome 3

LPT: If you're not in a hurry, take the scenic route. Discovering new places and experiencing the road less traveled is its own reward. Traveling

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u/keepthetips Keeping the tips since 2019 Aug 11 '22

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u/B00OBSMOLA Aug 12 '22

this LPT bought to you by the old witch in the woods

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u/PracticalApartment99 Aug 12 '22 Silver

When I pick up my grandson from daycare, a lot of times we’ll take the dirt road over the mountain instead of the freeway for the first mile. There’s never anyone else on it and we usually go about 5 to 10 mph because it’s extremely bumpy, so I usually let him sit in the front seat and look out the window at the scenery and occasional small animals. He loves it.

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u/Highplanezdrifter Aug 12 '22

He will cherish this all of his life. When I was about 4, my grandfather used to take me out to the desert in his Jeep CJ (KC lights, no top, and no doors) at night to look at all of the wildlife. We would see all of the wild rabbits running around as we drove along an empty dirt road. He is no longer with me and those are still some of the happiest memories that I have with him.

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u/[deleted] Aug 12 '22

That's cute, you're a good grandparent.

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u/[deleted] Aug 12 '22 Silver

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u/DickieJohnson Aug 12 '22

It doesn't make them a bad grandparent.

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u/DingoZoot Aug 12 '22

It doesn't necessarily make them a good one either.

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u/jumboparticle Aug 12 '22

It does however, give an insight into the mindset of this person in a sense that they are thinking empathetically about the experience and growth of the child. This could reasonably lead one to give an encouraging compliment to the grandparent in an effort to further improve the life of the child even though the empirical nature of the comment may be up for debate. I can see the usefulness and value in Ua_Genius's comment, whereas in yours I see no added value.

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u/Bayou_Blue Aug 12 '22

Ok, you guys, break it up. You're both great.

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u/arewehavinfunyet Aug 12 '22

Idk. One of em is definitely a dick

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u/Bayou_Blue Aug 12 '22

I mean, you can't determine if he's a dick based on one comment. You can only be 99.999999999999999999998% certain.

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u/TheLrgFries Aug 12 '22

Found the negative Nancy of this post… sheesh.

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u/Bear_buh_dare Aug 12 '22

My grammy used to take me on scenic routes like this just because, you are awesome

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u/RAproblems Aug 12 '22

Do his parents know you're allowing him to ride in a car without a proper car seat?

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u/daveh6475 Aug 12 '22

Bore off

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u/RAproblems Aug 12 '22

No, thanks. Car accidents are the leading cause of accidental child death in the US. It is pretty important.

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u/[deleted] Aug 12 '22

Child seats can go in all car seats, even the front ones.

TYL

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u/[deleted] Aug 12 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

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u/[deleted] Aug 12 '22

Only if a rear facing child seat should airbags be disabled (at aged 4, I imagine the grandchild will not be in one of those). Front facing should have the airbag on, as they are a passenger like any other.

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u/RAproblems Aug 12 '22

Only if that is the ONLY place available to rid e(like a pickup truck).

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u/mahjimoh Aug 12 '22

When I’m in a new area I’ll often set my Google Maps to avoid highways, just so I get a chance to be in the area instead of typical freeways.

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u/whenthedripissus Aug 12 '22

fun and games until it takes you through a 1 lane road in the middle of slovenia up and down mountains with 17% slope roads and gigatight roads

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u/terryleopard Aug 12 '22

Last time I was in Spain I took a wrong turn at a roundabout without noticing about a couple of miles from my destination, instead of telling me to turn round Google just redirected me down the road.

What would have been a 5 minute drive turned into an hour long journey over a single track mountain pass with hairpin bends, rock slides covering bits of the road, no barriers at all and sheer drops off of the edges that were slowly crumbling away.

At one point we passed a goat herder that stared at us like he had never seen a car before.

The next time my partner was driving and she did the same mistake at the same roundabout. This time however she though that we should definitely turn round, so she turned down a little dirt track off to the side to try and turn around.

The dirt track turned out to be so steep that after she went down it the car couldn't get back up and In the other direction it ended with a drop into a small river.

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u/rosesandtherest Aug 12 '22 edited Aug 12 '22

There’s a setting in Waze to avoid unpaved roads, I suggest using it for long trips and then switching to Google Maps for accuracy when you’re nearby.

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u/terryleopard Aug 12 '22

Oh I didnt know that. I'll give it a try.

Google has taken us down quite a few odd roads in different countries.

Some turned out to be absolutely amazing to drive down.

I also remember one in Turkey that turned out wasn't even finished and just ended at a construction site and a pile of boulders.

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u/mahjimoh Aug 13 '22

I am surprised Google doesn’t have that too - I ended up on a 30+ mile drive at 15-20 mph a few weeks ago after the road I was on turned north o gravel 10 miles in. It was pretty but my sedan isn’t really made for that!

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u/Vegetals Aug 12 '22

Similar problem in Greece. Hit some island roads that’s were so steep, had to kick my gf out and make her push.

(I was the only one that could drive stick) we did end up making it though. That shitbox 1L was atrocious.

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u/terryleopard Aug 12 '22

Ah yes. I drove around Kefalonia in a 1.3 89hp Fiat Doblo.

Not sure I ever got out of first gear.

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u/Kthulu666 Aug 12 '22

The logic behind it is that it won't reroute without a safe and legal place to do so on public roads. So while it may be safe or legal to use a driveway or parking lot to turn around, as most people probably would do, it won't route you through private property.

Not saying it's the greatest choice, but there's some method to the madness.

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u/special-anomaly Aug 12 '22

Wait so what did you guys end up doing lol

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u/terryleopard Aug 12 '22 edited Aug 12 '22

When we reached the river bit we obviously couldn't carry on. Also we couldn't turn round, so I directed us back in reverse using a torch to see the edges of the road (it was very dark by this point) to a point where we could just about turn round again.

Luckily someone else was with us in the back seat so my partner basically floored the accelerator while two of us pushed the car as hard as we could and we eventually managed to get some traction and get back up to the road.

The clutch was burning like crazy.

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u/xenonismo Aug 12 '22

At some point it comes down to the user to check and recheck periodically the route that you’re being directed for, especially when you know you’re in an unfamiliar place.

It can be really easy to miss the notification or sound for the recalculating when you’re driving - however, by being more vigilant these unfortunate mis-turns and resulting headache can be avoided.

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u/irishpwr46 Aug 12 '22

I did this in Ireland. Rental Nissan driving up the backroads of mountains that were originally donkey cart trails. At one point my brother had to walk in front of the car to move sheep so we could get through. I'm pretty sure we put some new humps in the floorboards with some of the terrain

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u/GenericMemesxd Aug 12 '22

Perfectly described my drive to work

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u/RealJonSolo Aug 12 '22

wtf is “gigatight” ? (͡•_ ͡• )

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u/whenthedripissus Aug 12 '22

lmao so basically the lane was 2 way but only one car fit so it was horrible when a car came the other way

we got stuck for 1 hour when a bunch of cars got stuck that way

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u/RealJonSolo Aug 12 '22

ah I’ve been there before! getting caught on roads like that feels like purgatory 😂 thanks for the explanation!

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u/BizzyM Aug 12 '22

Google Maps:
* Avoid Tolls
* Avoid Highways
* Avoid Armed Conflicts

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u/mahjimoh Aug 13 '22

Sounds perfect

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u/ProctalHarassment Aug 12 '22

Is there a specific way to program that or just search through the alternative routes provided?

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u/mahjimoh Aug 12 '22

It’s a setting you can choose if you click on your profile in the top right, then Settings > Navigation > Avoid Highways.

Extra pro tip: remember that you set it that way, on Monday morning, when you’re wondering why it’s trying to send you on this ridiculous randomly long drive to work instead of the convenient direct route.

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u/NerdHeaven Aug 12 '22

I’ve done that so many times. My commute times can vary, 25-70 mins in the morning, so I check when I wake up and will sometimes get a surprise when I have forgotten to stop avoiding highways. A few times I’ve forgot to switch from walking to driving, that makes a long commute.

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u/noworries_13 Aug 12 '22

You use Google. Maps to get from. Home to work? Don't you have the route memorized?

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u/[deleted] Aug 12 '22

I always use Google maps when getting in my car, just in case there's an accident or a faster way because of a holdup

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u/theswiftmuppet Aug 12 '22

And speed cameras...love seeing those on Google maps.

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u/Tanker0921 Aug 12 '22

Meanwhile, google still recommends me going through a road which has a bridge that have been under construction for 2 years.

Too many people got fooled by google maps in my experience, you'd think that the algorithm will figure out that that path is impassable since a lot of vehicles dont cross it.

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u/Tanker0921 Aug 12 '22

The thing is. The reporting tool only comes up when you are actually navigating in my experience ( correct me if im wrong ) and there is no way to report an impassable road if you are not navigating through it.

I suppose i could deliberately "navigate" to that road just to report it

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u/Tanker0921 Aug 12 '22

The option doesnt pop up for me. It only says "add a missing place"

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u/camplate Aug 12 '22

When google maps first started it recommended a bridge that was removed in 1975. The replacement bridge was 1/2 mile away.

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u/noworries_13 Aug 12 '22

Maybe I've just lived in a smaller city or shorter commute too long. I rarely need Google maps

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u/BuRi3d Aug 12 '22

I agreed with your first statement about knowing the route but these other people provide a good reason I never thought of... these map apps have built in real time acknowledgement of accidents and traffic and that is scary but also a good thing

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u/iamnogoodatthis Aug 12 '22

I rarely need it to know the way, but I've been burned one too many times getting stuck in a massive traffic jam that I could have avoided had I known about it

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u/JonasOe95 Aug 12 '22

I used to drive for GLS express. Countless times I've avoided major lines due to crashes and the likes, due to Google maps giving a heads up - even if the route was one I had taken a million times from my last area back to the warehouse

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u/mahjimoh Aug 12 '22

I know how to get there, but I live in an area where I can choose multiple routes so I usually check for traffic or accident issues. I do the same thing when I’m traveling for work, which is where I’d usually end up having changed this setting.

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_CHORIZO Aug 12 '22

Yeah I do the same thing, especially in my newer car since it pulls up google maps and I just tap once to set it to work or home. No effort required and I don't have to worry about surprise traffic

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u/batsa_datso Aug 12 '22

I just like having a minimap.

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u/fondots Aug 12 '22

I used to have a job that should have only been about a 10-15 minute drive from my home, but because of the way traffic is around me could potentially take me up to an hour. There were about 3 different routes i could take that ideally all took roughly the same amount of time. I'd frequently use Google maps just to pick whichever route was the least hellish on any given day.

My normal route had a weird choke point where traffic would sometimes back way the hell up, there was a highway that was somewhat prone to major accidents fucking everything up, and there was a somewhat circuitous route that was a bit longer of a drive, with a lot of traffic lights and shitty intersections but that didn't usually get backed up too badly and traffic more or less kept moving but was just kind of frustrating the whole time. On any given day any of the three might have been the fastest way to get into work.

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u/Weary_Ad7119 Aug 12 '22

Traffic, cops, parades.

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u/PorcineLogic Aug 12 '22

Please make it more obvious that you don't commute in an urban area

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u/BuzzyShizzle Aug 12 '22

I do it too. Google is fucking awesome. Even when I know how to get there. I work on the road. Every speed trap, every road closure, every accident. How do you think we all know where the cops are? Thats all of us who use apps while driving to or for work.

Did you know it can show speed limits? Did you know truckers can know truck routes? Which roads have weight limits? Overhead clearances they need?

GPS and navigation has come a long way. Y'all old school i know where I'm goin folks are gonna get left in the dust.

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u/Oivaras Aug 12 '22

Personally I use Waze but yes, I do keep it running while driving. It's got real-time traffic, speed trap and accident alerts.

Just the other week I was driving home on Sunday afternoon. Shortest road is through the city centre, which is usually completely empty at this time. All of a sudden Waze told me to take a different (longer, narrower streets) route. I assumed that it's just glitching and drove the usual way.

Lo and behold, there's a marathon in the city centre, all streets are mostly closed, leaving just half a lane for cars to squeeze through.

I trust Waze now.

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u/raptir1 Aug 12 '22

I start up Google Maps anytime I'm going an extended distance so it can tell me about traffic conditions. I don't go into the office much anymore, but when I do there are three different ways I can go depending on traffic. I know how to get to the shore, but if there's a lot of traffic the back roads will be better.

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u/tSnDjKniteX Aug 12 '22

If I recall it's an option you can select once you got a route going. Another option being avoid tolls

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u/Undrwtrbsktwvr Aug 12 '22

In settings, under navigation, you can select avoid highways.

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u/Yesterday_Is_Now Aug 12 '22

I also set it to avoid highways, provided that the drive time is not obscenely increased. And I do it near home as well, because I get so bored of taking the same highways all the time.

But when time is important, remember to deactivate this feature. I have forgotten to do so several times, and been frustrated to find that a trip to the doctor's office that I know can be done in 20 minutes turns out to take 40 instead.

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u/cmontygman Aug 12 '22

When I was military, anytime I went somewhere new I would just go on random drives around town

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u/[deleted] Aug 12 '22

I used to travel (almost weekly) and often my work was completed with an hour or two (in addition to the travel buffer I planned in for air travel). Most airports kinda suck - especially the ones without Delta Sky Clubs - so I often needed to kill a couple of hours before my flights and didn’t want to always sit in an airport. I’m an early adopter on a lot of tech and i jumped on GPS asap - I wore out four GPS devices before smartphones were a thing. I used to go to the airport area then just strikeout in whatever direction, keeping an eye on the clock so I could get back for my flight, and just explore. I found stuff I would have never seen and used to have a grand old time. I highly recommend this if you’ve got time to kill before a flight - just go and put eyes on the rental car return so you know where it is and then go all Lewis and Clark.

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u/4UnderTheBridge Aug 11 '22

Yeah but gas is over $4 a gallon so it's the short road for me.

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u/Kanox89 Aug 12 '22

Fuck me sideways! I wish I could get gas this cheap. I'm currently paying $2.5 per litre :C

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u/bambootaro Aug 12 '22

Around $3.34 per litre in Auckland, NZ. its cheaper to die

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u/detecting_nuttiness Aug 12 '22

That's $9.46/gallon. Holy shit. Is that in USD?

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u/Kanox89 Aug 12 '22

Yes price is converted to usd.

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u/Xinq_ Aug 12 '22

Most likely. And most likely Europe. I've paid the equivalent of $10.07 per gallon not long ago. Since then I drive to Germany for petrol xD

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u/ButterTime Aug 12 '22

If the alternative route has a lower speed limit you might save fuel. High way speeds burn significantly more fuel per distance unit compared to going 20-30% slower.

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u/Blueblackzinc Aug 12 '22

Looking at other countries gas price, I feel lucky that my country subsidised our gas. Now it is $1.75 per gallon or $0.46 per litre. I wouldnt be able to afford $4 a gallon

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u/Fun_Range7689 Aug 12 '22

None of us can but we are forced to

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u/This_User_Said Aug 12 '22

There's a generation of new drivers that quickly learned of why adults complain about gas prices.

I remember the old boom in about 2010? Took my whole ass paycheck to fill my '94 Suburban. That's when it dawned on me all those years from my parents planning road trips and calculating gas cost. Started calculating my gas driving that guzzler from Round Rock to Austin just for a measly $7.75 job.

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u/kopyc Aug 12 '22

Where where where where where

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u/cunt-hooks Aug 12 '22

*Laughs in 1.2L engine

There's ways and means

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u/Fern-Brooks Aug 12 '22

Wait... How big is a normal American engine?

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u/SpyCake1 Aug 12 '22

Most popular sedans are 1.8 to 2.5. luxury cars are 3 to 4. Trucks and SUVs anywhere from 3.6 to 8.

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u/Weary_Ad7119 Aug 12 '22

The eco boxes mostly have the same engines. Save with anything German/JP. It's the truck engines and v8 sports cars over here since we are not typically charged for power or displacement.

I think the mustang and zl1 have 4.5l engines or close to it.

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u/disastermarch35 Aug 12 '22

Anywhere from 3.3-6L if I understand what I just read correctly

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u/4UnderTheBridge Aug 12 '22

Mine is a 4.6l v8

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u/VitQ Aug 12 '22

I was so sceptical before I bought a Berlingo with one, but boy does it pack a punch, with sensible kpl (kilometres per litre).

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u/magnus3s Aug 12 '22

*This message has been brought to you by Big Oil*

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u/circadiankruger Aug 12 '22

If you're coming to Mexico, don't do that. Stick with the federal roads.

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u/Aetheldrake Aug 12 '22

Not with these gas prices

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u/_Atlas_Drugged_ Aug 12 '22

Yeah this is more of a LifeRookieTip.

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u/t0ppings Aug 12 '22

Did you know that traveling isn't limited to just cars? Crazy innit

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u/Lo-siento-juan Aug 12 '22

Oh right, let me just tell the train driver to take a different route today!

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u/darryshan Aug 12 '22

...you can walk or cycle the scenic route, lol.

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u/somearejustannoying Aug 12 '22

And put an extra 3 miles on the trek? I've never heard of taking the scenic route with a bike, especially since most roads are either built or not built for biking

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u/darryshan Aug 12 '22

?

If you're walking somewhere, you can go a less direct route to see cool new things along the way. If you're cycling somewhere you can do the same. It's not my fault you live somewhere with bad infrastructure. I personally commute by bike, so taking an alternative route is definitely something I could do with a little extra time, and have done before.

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u/somearejustannoying Aug 12 '22

Not a thing in America. I go a little out of my way already purely because some roads are more bike friendly than others

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u/darryshan Aug 12 '22

I'm aware. You live somewhere with bad infrastructure.

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u/somearejustannoying Aug 12 '22

Ok. So do 90% of the people on this site. So who tf is this for?

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u/darryshan Aug 12 '22

People who don't live in places with shit infrastructure, or people outside the suburban US and Canada who do actually walk places lol.

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u/t0ppings Aug 12 '22

Americans make up about 45% of this site's userbase. Y'all just loud.

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u/Aetheldrake Aug 12 '22

I stand by my previous statement with littler adjustment. Not with these inflation prices

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u/100LittleButterflies Aug 12 '22

Humans are naturally curious creatures. As such we need to enrich our enclosures with novel views, interactions, and puzzles. When you can, enrich your enclosure. Do the new.

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u/mbash013 Aug 12 '22

One of my favorite things to do that never fails is the one $ sign and 4 stars and up filter on google maps for food. It leads you to some hidden gems. Best seafood I ever had was found in a sketchy part of new Orleans because of this. I also found an awesome sandwich place on my way to the mountains this past weekend using the very same filter. It never fails to uncover some hidden gems.

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u/Ninja_Bum Aug 12 '22

I took the coast highway back home to Oregon from California and wound up in Eureka. At first I was all "this place is sketch", but I did have one of the best steaks I ever had in a literal dive bar. Never expected it. I only found out cause I stopped in a taproom for some beers and the barkeep told me about it. You bet your ass if I'm ever back through there I'm stopping at both places again.

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u/BuzzyShizzle Aug 12 '22

I almost miss the days where you could get lost. Folks younger than me will never even come close to having the adventures we used to where you actually don't even know how to get anywhere .

How many of you ever just traveled in a general direction hoping to come across any sign or landmark until you know where you are?

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u/Reshi_the_kingslayer Aug 12 '22

I don't know how old you are but that is something I used to do frequently when I had more free time and more disposable income, even though GPS is available. Its easy to just not use it. Sure, it was there as a backup if I really needed it, but I have definitely taken long trips without it just to see where I would go.

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u/100LittleButterflies Aug 12 '22

When gas is cheaper i love that. I get in my car and just drive. Ill learn the local geography this way. But ill take any local road out for an hour or so. Often windows down, singing to songs, just living. Ill see so much nature. Doing this is how we saw the aurora borealis when it went all the way down to VA.

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u/SoulBurnerLV Aug 12 '22

Nah I'm good. I've seen the wrong turn movies

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u/Nico_Briggs Aug 12 '22

Thank you for sharing this

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u/xFluing Aug 12 '22

Small correction to occam's razor: its not about the easiest explanation being the best, it's about when making a theory you should START the investigation at a point of least assumptions

E.g. you hear galloping outside and you live in an area where there are no zebras. The best path to take is start your investigation assuming it's a horse and then slowly work your way up and see if it was a zebra or not

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u/BuzzyShizzle Aug 12 '22

I always use peoples ghost stories as the example lol.

"How do you explain that?" they say...

"Well let's start with the expansive list of possible explanations with ghost at the bottom of the list" i say.

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u/StatikSquid Aug 12 '22

Unless you're in Mexico. Last place you want to be is in a Cartel area

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u/DirkHellbender1337 Aug 12 '22

May not work on the east cost of the u.s as those roads do whatever the fuck they want.

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u/Asshole_Engineer Aug 12 '22

As a person that travels to roadway sites in the eastern part of the US, I will also add that you may end up with no cell service on some back roads in the boonies. So have a good memory or a game plan for getting back to civilization when driving on very rural roads.

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u/Nomadic_Houseplant Aug 12 '22

I feel like the real LPT here is “Consider whether you’re actually in a hurry in the first place.”

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u/sealeg86 Aug 12 '22

This sounds like one of those corny ass signs a mok hangs on a kitchen wall. "Dance in the rain"

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u/Platonym Aug 12 '22

Wish I could give you gold but I am broke

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u/fightthepower73 Aug 12 '22

Have you ever danced in the rain dude? Don't knock it, usually leads to romantic relations

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u/Plasteal Aug 12 '22

Agreed. Maybe just me, but this sounds terrible. If I wanted Scenery I would've just made that my vacation spot. Otherwise traveling is like some of the worst parts of vacationing

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u/confuzzle247 Aug 12 '22

This is what I did on campus. You get to appreciate nature or discover new shortcuts to places.

Beats getting to class early and mindlessly scrolling through my phone.

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u/toxicbrew Aug 12 '22

For real, and don't just trust Google maps. It won't tell you to take the pacific coast highway compared to i5 between San Francisco and LA, but you definitely should take that route instead if you can! Endless ocean on one side and mountain cliffs on the other. Wish Google maps had a scenic option.

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u/Yoyosten Aug 12 '22

When my best friend died at 23 I was having a really hard time on my way home one day. So instead of turning left onto the next highway like always, I instead crossed the intersection onto a country road and had no plans as to where I was going, just driving. I ended up finding some of the most serene countryside I've ever seen in my area and it was a mere 15-20 miles from my home. Came across an absolutely massive oak tree just off the road in a field and that scene alone made the trip worth it. Somehow it took my mind off the bad and put me at ease. That was 8 years ago and I can still vividly remember that brief road trip.

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u/Qatenthusiast Aug 12 '22

I was just thinking about this today, and sure enough, on my way out of the city, Waze sent me on a little tree-filled adventure using a route I didn't even know existed.

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u/Dbnp2004 Aug 12 '22

Doing this in video games is also cool. In Skyrim, for example, there are always small dirt paths to walk down or really unique encounters. A lot better than waiting at loading screens and delivering stuff.

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u/BooRadley3370 Aug 12 '22

Waze has taken me through parts of town I never knew existed.

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u/Blumpkinhead Aug 12 '22

Thanks, now I'm lost in an industrial park.

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u/imakenosensetopeople Aug 12 '22

A flat tire later….. eh, it was still fun. And I just got even more time to enjoy the scenery.

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u/Empire2k5 Aug 12 '22

You gonna pay for my gas?

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u/Ruthless46 Aug 12 '22

My wife and I primarily drive without highway for this reason. We enjoy the drive together so what's an extra 8min? Plus it's just less stressful.

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u/smiley06242014 Aug 12 '22

Til you get stabbed and robbed

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u/kirby056 Aug 12 '22

Bonus LPT: The scenic route from Cynthiana, KY to Lexington, KY is also the fastest, if you ever find yourself in central KY. It goes past all the baller horse farms, and is like ten minutes quicker than taking the freeways.

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u/Matthopkins06 Aug 12 '22

Sometimes just the right soundtrack can set a mood and the right setting.

Recently my girlfriend and I moved to another side of town, had to puck up our dog at her parents. Well I ended up finding a route to our new place using back roads from her parents.

I had Tool on (which at the time I was getting ready to see them in concert in a few weeks so I try not to burn myself out with the bands music)

Hit a part in the song and a part in the route with the sun coming up over a huge dam and hitting the water. I will remember that moment since then. I now try to take that road when I can just for how pretty that was.

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u/Konebred Aug 12 '22

I did that once. One day I was like fuck it, I felt good and was like ok something is telling me to take a ride. There is a road literally named Scenic along the river that eventually gets to a back way to where I was going. I'm cruising along and get to the turn to the main road. Standing on the corner is some Crack head chick in short shorts and a bikini. She has her back to me and right when I pulled up she stuck her hands down the back of her pants and started digging up in her bootyhole, scratching guess. I just gave a defeated sigh and never took the scenic route again.

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u/glocksafari Aug 12 '22

Agreed. If I have a destination to and from somewhere with routes that vary but are roughly similar in time I’ll take one way there and another back.

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u/Secondary0965 Aug 12 '22

As a teen, when I first got my license I spent many summer nights just cruising around my city and the surrounding towns. I’d map out backroads and hop on them. It has come in handy the last couple of decades or so. The drive can be therapeutic l. The scenery can be amazing. You never know what you’ll see.

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u/us3r11 Aug 12 '22

OMG yes! This is how we found the forevertron up in wisconsin. I guess off the beaten path, no rush and geocaching all contributed.

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u/stone500 Aug 12 '22

I've spent many lunchbreaks just aimlessly driving around my town in neighborhoods I've never been in. It's surprising the kinds of places you'll discover

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u/quadruple_negative87 Aug 12 '22

I do it most afternoons after work. I drive through the farmland out of town so I don’t get caught up in traffic (most of the time) and I avoid all the traffic lights in town.

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u/Parashath Aug 12 '22

2nd LPT, take extra supplies in case you get lost or stuck

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u/PirateGloves Aug 12 '22

When I road tripped across the US I avoided the interstates and kept to state routes and back roads for this very reason. Made the trip so much more interesting, saw so much more stuff, and met cool and interesting people I wouldn’t have otherwise.

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u/Mr_Makaveli_187 Aug 12 '22

Before navigation, my wife and I would get bored, so we'd go get lost in the city on purpose just see parts that weren't on our normal route

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u/verbosehuman Aug 12 '22

I drove from Salt Lake City to LA, avoiding the main highway the whole way, and got to see some really spectacular sights, even driving on those unkempt roads was amazing..

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u/Gullible-Pilot7851 Aug 12 '22

That's what my father says

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u/Stone_Man_Sam Aug 12 '22

This is something my dad always instilled in my brother and I as kids... I will be forever grateful for that

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u/oheffendi Aug 12 '22

When my wife and I go out for dinner or any other leisure activity we always take a different way to get back home.

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u/goldzatfig Aug 12 '22

Can confirm. The scenic route to Edinburgh via the A701 (moffatt) is beautiful. The A702 is still nice but much busier and more annoying.

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u/mvfsullivan Aug 12 '22

This is mostly why I dont take the highway. Going through towns is one of the best things about travelling. I've eaten at so many random mom&pop restaurants.

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u/IraqLobstah Aug 12 '22

My wife and I went camping in PEI in July and we turned the hour and a half drive between campsites into a 6 hour excursion because we followed every scenic route and stopped at viewpoints. The journey is part of the destination!

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u/Justin33710 Aug 12 '22

LPT on how to take scenic routes: on Google maps hit route options > avoid highways. Can make a road trip way more fun and you go through all the small towns actually seeing things not just the walls on the side of the highway.

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u/Sevnfold Aug 12 '22

I'm fortunate to have inherited a love of travel from my mother. Her 2 sisters lived in the same area their whole lives, but my mom left for college and later became a flight attendant.

For the past few years I had a travel job that allowed me to work in different cities for a few months and then move on. It had its ups and downs but I absolutely loved the adventure.

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u/keylockers Aug 12 '22

LPT: Never be in a hurry.

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u/theDukeofClouds Aug 12 '22

Hate to say it like this, but a lot of RPG's have taught me this...

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u/k8t13 Aug 12 '22

my dad would always do this for my brother and i on fridays after school, ice cream and the dirt backroads home

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u/ffsudjat Aug 12 '22

I did it in france. Pros: 4.1 instead of 6.0 L/100km, less hassle with trafic, more scenic route, not much time loss compared to highway, not paying toll price for the highway. Cons: none. Cant run 200kmh anyway.

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u/Goldie643 Aug 12 '22

I bought my first car while living in Japan, within the week I had a meeting on the other side of the country so opted into driving there but avoiding the highways (which are quite expensive toll roads in Japan). It ended up taking me 14h but is an experience I'll keep with me my whole life.

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u/alagusis Aug 12 '22

Hell ya I love doing this, especially when I’m traveling for work.

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u/HWGA_Exandria Aug 12 '22

Don't do this while visiting Baja California, Mexico. You will get pulled over and they will ask for a bribe. Carry a spare $20 USD with you.

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u/corkythecactus Aug 12 '22

Now you’re looking and you’re seeing

Your every choice is fine

No plot limits your freedom

And the story line

Is yours for the making

The road less taken

Could be where you’re meant to be

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u/Jaydamic Aug 12 '22

On long road trips, I like to pull into towns for fuel and breaks as opposed to using the highway rest areas. It's often quicker, cheaper, infinitely less crowded and you have more options. Plus you get to see things you might otherwise miss!

And with GPS, getting back to the highway is a piece of cake!

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u/roscoe_e_roscoe Aug 12 '22

Suggest reading Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance - one of the key points of the guys off on their road trip is to never take the interstate, only take state highways or local roads.

I was a mapmaker, highly recommend the joy of driving new roads.

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u/NthngSrs Aug 12 '22

When traffic is stressing me out, I take the "scenic route" because the time sacrifice is worth the mental health boost. You go from stressed to cruising--- scenic routes on a drive are kind of the same. Worth it every time if you have the time

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u/Paku-Men Aug 12 '22

Went the long way on a 4 hour drive to North Georgia. Ended up stopping in a small town (literally just a town square and a few hundred homes) that was having a concert. Got to see a pepper mascot, an local toy store, and weirdly enough an “Egipt museum”. (Not a typo, it was spelled like that)

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u/col3amibri Aug 12 '22

Last week we took the scenic route when driving back home near Milan after a vacation in the Pustertal. It took us right through the Dolomites and provided beautiful scenery. The absolute highlight was Lake Misurina.

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u/GetOffMyLawn_ Aug 12 '22

I pretty much always do this. Even tho I am very familiar with most of the byways I take. I used to have to commute 100 miles per day via interstates and highways, I figure I have done enough highway driving for a lifetime. Plus I am less likely to get smashed by a semi.

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u/SamohtGnir Aug 12 '22

What I did once was put the destination in my GPS, then tell it to avoid the major high way. It might take an extra hour but you get to see a lot of new places.

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u/[deleted] Aug 12 '22

100% are used to drive across the country for school and hated it but as soon as I started taking my time with it and enjoying the scenic routes I loved it

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u/racingsoldier Aug 12 '22

TLDR: The highway doesn’t always mean fuel efficient. Sometimes the scenic route is the best all round.

If you are ever needing to get from Louisville, KY to Atlanta, GA the map will take you through Nashville to Chattanooga. There is another route that looks like it is due south through the Tennessee Valley Divide. The map will tell you that it is 30 minutes longer to go this route despite being shorter distance. It has some of the best scenic views and you don’t get stuck in Nashville and Chattanooga traffic actually saving time and gas. That coupled with the fact that you are going ~55 instead of 70+ MPH means you save more gas too. I can drive the whole route to Atlanta with one tank of gas in my Chevy pickup. If I go through Nashville I have to fill up in Chattanooga.

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u/wadesedgwick Aug 12 '22

Work in Santa Barbara, live in Ojai. The 150 to the 192 is the best route, so pretty!

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u/crispy_cat_pricks Aug 12 '22

Take the scenic route anyway. It usually has less traffic, especially fewer maniacs that are late for Starbucks.

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u/MrBallzsack Aug 12 '22

If my commute is bad I take a side road and its like jight and day. 35mph with no traffic and the windows down makes it feel so much faster than sitting in hot stop and go traffic on the highway

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u/W01FM4N6624 Aug 12 '22

Often times this is how you find the best loot to lvl up

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u/tomo32 Aug 12 '22

The only way to travel

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u/TwoDinnerware Aug 12 '22

I found a new to me bike path that circumvents my downtown area and skips over a path that floods a lot. so now I have a new more beautiful path that I can use more cause it doesn't flood. Totally explorer more.

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u/flooknation Aug 14 '22

Growing up, every time my mom would get lost she’d say we were taking the scenic route. I still love doing it.

I’m gonna call her and remind her of this and tell her how much I love her right now. Thank you for reminding me of this.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

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u/Helpabrotherout99 Aug 12 '22

That's the thing about this sub, how do you know who's giving you the life advice? What if it's terrible advice?

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u/PracticalApartment99 Aug 12 '22

Then don’t take it.

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u/[deleted] Aug 12 '22

There goes my fuel

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u/Dinodigger67 Aug 12 '22

This is always a good idea. Learn something new every day by doing something new every day

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u/zanybrainy Aug 12 '22

If you are in a hurry, take the scenic route. You might find you aren’t saving that much time.

And you never know what you may gain during that time.

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u/Skyblacker Aug 12 '22

My friend phrased this as, "Always take a different route home." Then you know your local roads better, so you're less likely to get lost or become flustered if a street is closed.

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u/LummoxJR Aug 12 '22

I've taken alternate routes home at times. It definitely helped me get to know some of the local streets better.

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u/Lyress Aug 12 '22

I did that once and found out there's a really nice lake very close to where I live.

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u/lytical Aug 12 '22

Lots of comments here about gas prices. If and when you switch to electric, the scenic route can often be the most efficient as you’re cruising at a speed where you maximize battery range. Win win!

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u/redditisnowtwitter Aug 12 '22

LPT go sight seeing. Got it

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u/xo_Serenity_ox Aug 12 '22

With today's gas prices!?! No thanks!!

/joke please dont bully

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u/BirdsRNtReel Aug 12 '22

Lol with these gas prices? I'm staying home altogether.

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u/monteimpala Aug 12 '22

Then get murdered by a serial killer

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u/LummoxJR Aug 12 '22

Found the oil exec.

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u/Supernova2952 Aug 12 '22

Was just visiting San Francisco. The scenic route was over ten miles longer than the highway; decided to opt out. I guess you have to find the balance between experience and efficiency.

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u/eyehatetofu Aug 12 '22

Not San Fran, but that was my destination. I was headed up PCH to San Francisco and near Half Moon Bay there was some Pumpkin Festival or some such thing and traffic was a cluster fuck of epic proportions, about an hour backup. Google maps showed one available road that cut across to another highway, HWY35. It was a single lane paved road that winded through the mountains and redwood trees. The trees were so damn tall it was quite dark and the forest floor was carpeted in giant ferns. It was one of the most beautiful detours I have ever taken. I often seek out the road less traveled though and am never in a hurry unless I'm headed to work.

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u/[deleted] Aug 12 '22

Gas prices.

But yes, you're exchanging money for fulfilling life experiences which is the point

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u/ajlouni Aug 12 '22

Any Gamer already knows this tip 😁😄

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u/theunbearablebowler Aug 12 '22

Hard to do lately, with gas so expensive!