Our life for the past 15-18 years has been on the road. When I read this list of the most dangerous highways in the USA, I was surprised that the one we live on in Deltona (I-4) is the most dangerous in the USA. WHAT?
Here is the top ten list and we have driven many of them.
1. Interstate 4 — Tampa to Daytona Beach (132 miles; 1.41 fatalities per mile)
2. Interstate 45 — Dallas to Houston
3. Interstate 17 — Phoenix to Flagstaff, Ariz.
4. Interstate 30 -— Fort Worth, Texas, to Little Rock, Ark.
5. Interstate 95 — Miami to Houlton, Maine (1,926 miles; 0.89 fatalities per mile)
6. Interstate 19 — Nogales, Mexico, to Tucson, Ariz.
7. Interstate 10 — Santa Monica, Calif., to Jacksonville (2,460 miles; 0.85 fatalities per mile)
8. Interstate 37 — Corpus Christi to San Antonio, Texas
9. Interstate 26 — Kingsport, Tenn., to Charleston, S.C.
10. Interstate 97 — Annapolis, Md., to Baltimore
We have driven the full length of some of these. We have been fortunate. We have had blowouts on some of them. Once, on I-95, a car hit the concrete divider as it was passing us and did a 180 slide around across in front of our coach and did not hit anyone. That was the only time I wished I had a dash cam. He was doing about 80mph we were doing about 60mph and no other cars were hit although it was crowded and no one was hurt. At no time did I feel we were in danger (Sherry was a different story). I braked and let his car do what it was going to do. Of course it could have been disastrous, but it wasn’t. And it was over in a matter of seconds. 99% of our rides in this coach have been a joy ride.
(I 55-I 64crossing the Mississippi at St. Louis, safe roads)
Sherry knows I prefer to drive west of the Mississippi. The views are spectacular and the traffic is minimal. We set this dude on cruise control, about 59-60, sit back, enjoy the scenery and relax. I cannot describe the feeling. I definitely feel safer than a pilot of a 747 with about a million less controls and buttons. LOL And my view is much better than his.
(I 90 Badlands and Mt Rushmore safe roads)
I know at 78 years old, my time of long distance driving is growing shorter, but I am going to enjoy every mile until my mind says, “Jack, you cannot handle this rig anymore.”
I would love to drive:
This was the Overland Coach, towing a van. We circled the USA a couple times in it. (That is Sonny, my buddy!)