Hi, folks. I could use some help with my driving plans:
We're driving from North Carolina to the Port of Miami. Actually, we're driving to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, and then we're doing the last hour that'll take us on into the port on Sunday. As you might guess, we're taking a cruise.
I've been to Miami, but I got there in an airplane. I've never driven on the east coat between Orlando and Miami, and I've heard that it's not necessarily a pleasant drive.
Here's my question:
All the map programs tell us to take I-95 essentially all the way to Miami. What a simple drive!
It's been suggested to me that we'd be better off to leave I-95 around Orlando and pick up the Ronald Reagan Turnpike.
Is this a good idea?
It'll add 39 miles to an already long trip. Going straight down I-95 is 788 miles for us. Taking the Turnpike will make it 827. I'm familiar with the idea that more miles don't always equal more time -- what speed limits might we expect on the Turnpike vs. I-95?
Also, the Turnpike charges tolls. If I chose the right exits on the Toll Calculator, we're looking at $15 each way . . . and adding $30 is significant. Will we save enough time on the Turnpike to justify $30?
Finally, what about conditions? Are we looking at stop-and-go traffic or other negatives?