[QUOTE=Dana;1058680]She turns 17 this February, but will not be able to drive out of state for a year…so nope. I don’t know if I would actually be ok with her driving on the highway like that. I may have a heart attack. I am not the best passenger…lol[/QUOTE]
Why can’t she drive at 17 out of state. The age is 16 in SC. I know 16 y/o’s from GA and NC can drive in SC. And my kids could all drive in GA and NC at 16. Is it a NJ license thing?
For sure, the best way is to take I-95 to I-4 in FL. The big timing thing is to make sure you are around Wash DC before 4pm at the VERY latest. After that all heck breaks loose. I drive straight through from here on the southeastern SC coast to northern NJ all the time. DC timing is the only consideration for me. I even go straight through Richmond VA and don’t worry about the VA 295 bypass around Richmond. Although, there is less traffic than the straight through RIchmond route. If DW is driving she prefers the Richmond bypass. She likes the wider lanes. And I do not avoid paying the tunnel and bridge tolls to save a buck. The time is more important to stay on track.
As to stopping locations, look for what hotel discounts you are eligable for. This will help if you see a place and you can just pull in. Also, when you stop in NC, SC or if you make GA, stop at the Welcome Center (always the safest places to stop for 2 solo women) or a busy exit and look for the hotel discount catalogues(sp). Then pick a hotel based on price when you get tired. We always found that HI Express is a good, clean value. But I try for Hampton, Fairfield or other slightly higher end locations. The rooms are usually bigger, cleaner, have a better breakfast and they are usually in safer locations (important if it is just the girls traveling alone).
I do northern NJ by myself in usually 13 hours, 14 max, with no long breaks from here in Beaufort, SC (Hilton Head area). I have the cooler loaded w/ drinks, snacks packed and sandwiches made. Except for gas I only hit the state run Welcome Centers. Again, they are safer and generally cleaner.