Hiya all. I was in the beginning stages of planning my first cross country drive (Hench the title...) and had a few questions.
First, I would be making the drive in my Firebird, a '98 Convertable Trans Am with 112K on it. Granted, one of the joys of buying a used sports car if getting to get the entire engine rebuilt/replaced (Lying sack of **** previous owner!) so really, the engines got about 10K on it. Like new! Anyway, I don't plan on packing much, just enough for a week or so. Anything I should consider vehicle wise? Gas mileage wouldn't be a problem, because for a huge V-8, it will putt along at 27-28 MPG on the highway, which is about as good as my Mazda3 (Leased, or I would take it).
Also, I was going to take a month of vacation to spend with my family back home. How long should I plan for? I'm in Northern Cali, and my family is in Delaware. Trip is about 2800 miles, most maps online say about 40-44 hours. Now, realisticlly, assuming a 22 year old's driving habits in a sports car, and his penchant for screwing up and getting lost even with a GPS screaming that he's an idiot and should turn to his other left, about how long could I expect to make the trip in, if I average 8-10 hours of driving a day?
How easy will it be to keep gas in my tank and to find a cheap hotel? If I drive like a grandmother, I could pull off 350-400 Miles per tank. I'm mostly worried about the mid west... I know that its a whole lot of nothing, seprated by more nothing. Will fuel be an issue?
I was going to have my mechanic go over my car before I leave, topping off the fluids, tightening everything, ect. Anything I should prepare for that he might miss?
Also, anything else that might come up? This is actually my first long distance drive. But, when i came to Cali 3 years ago, i wanted to drive cross country, and never got the chance. Now, I'm leaving here soon, and won't have such an easy chance anymore.