I suppose I am what one could consider an amateur driver. I've been behind the wheel for close to 2-and-a-half years and have had my full license for over 1 year.
My original plan was to drive from West Point, New York to Sanford, North Carolina (About 583 Miles, 11 Hours) and spend a few days there and then move on to Muncie, Indiana from Sanford (610 miles, 11-and-a-half hours) spend a couple of days in Muncie at a friend's place and then drive back to West Point at the end of the week (686 miles, 13-and-a-quarter hours).
This plan, I have been told, is too ambitious and my parents have even referred to it as 'crazy'. I respectfully disagree with their assessment, they've told me i need to choose one location or the other and they will help me get there. I really want to, and hope to, go to both places. However I refuse to do so until I have a reasonable and acceptable plan for doing so, one that is safe because that's probably my top priority, the safety of myself and my car.
So I've been thinking through this for a while and I've decided that given certain restrictions and safety guidelines to follow I may be able to convince them that this trip is not too far out of my reach, that i can do it, and that i can be incredibly responsible about it.
Here is what I have come up with so far:
-Call every 2-3 hours of driving (if stopping to do so is not possible at that point i will employ the use of a Bluetooth Car Kit linked to my Cellphone)
-If at any point I fell like I am going to fall asleep while at the wheel I will find a rest stop to pull over at and take a power nap and maybe grab some coffee or caffeine to give me a boost (I've also heard Five Hour Energy works well, can anyone verify that?)
-I think, and anyone who disagrees with me I'd like you to argue a case for it, that at my skill level driving 11 hours all at once IS ambitious, it's not that i'd be uncomfortable with the idea of it and I know I could do it safely but I think it just may be too much for one day . Between West Point and Sanford I already have a half-way point where I can stop for the night and resume driving in the morning, other than that I would intend to raise money and find a motel/hotel in or near Charleston, West Virginia for the trip between Sanford and Muncie and another one at a half-way point between Muncie and home. I'm thinking 5-7 hours a day is enough. What does the community think?
So I want to know what you all think, obviously my parents are the final authority on this and I will respect their decision after they've heard my plans. Do you think this is too much for one 18 year old to handle in the course of a week? Do you think the plans are too ambitious? And lastly do you have any more suggestions as to how i can make the trip less stressful and more safe for both me and my parents?