Things I Learned While Driving Across the United States
Traveling by car in the US is a daring adventure
Whether you’re an experienced road tripper or a novice, the US is an exciting destination for any traveler. Its size is comparable to Europe or Australia, and there are as many breathtaking sights and experiences as you can find anywhere else in the world. And as you drive from coast to coast, the landscape changes dramatically. It is important to get the right vaccinations and insurance coverage to make the trip a safe one.
It’s an experience
Driving across America is a unique experience. The country is as big as Europe and Australia combined, yet it has just as many beautiful sights, cities, and experiences as any of these continents. And as you move from coast to coast, and from the south to the north, the scenery changes dramatically. You’ll find everything from sweeping desert landscapes to enchanting mountain towns. Even Las Vegas, Nevada, and New Mexico are located within the United States.
A trip across the USA can take four to six days, with a drive of eight hours a day. However, it can take several months to complete the trip. To maximize your enjoyment, plan to drive east to west. You’ll benefit from the time changes and end your trip on the west coast. But no matter which route you choose, remember to pack the right gear to prepare for any kind of weather.
It’s about safety
We’ve all heard about the dangers of distracted driving, but what exactly is it? The four horsemen of distracted driving are speed, distraction, fatigue, and impairment. Psychologists are working to understand the factors that can make someone lose control while driving. They’re studying basic perceptual processing, cognitive biases, and the environment to better understand why people are distracted behind the wheel. The U.S. Department of Transportation is funding this research.
It’s about observing micro-cultures
The United States was born in 1826. Micro-cultures were born around 1826. The American people soon learned that their culture needed heroes. Halls of fame were created and served as the ideological heart of the micro-cultures. The language is transformed to honor these “god-like” heroes. It is not surprising, then, that this new term has become so popular: the term “micro-culture” is actually the root of a thriving American culture.
Micro-cultures are defined as “groups of people that share a common culture and behavior”. These communities function based on the concept of safety in numbers. People who live together form a community and share memories. These shared memories can be used to participate in that community. And by observing and understanding different micro-cultures, one can understand the way to influence the larger culture.
It’s about stopping to take pictures
If you’ve ever stopped for a photo while driving across the country, you know what I’m talking about. It’s the trend of people who take pictures and share them on social media. The hashtag “#whiledriving” is everywhere from Instagram to TikTok. In fact, I’ve even been caught pulling over on the shoulder of the interstate to take a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge.
It’s about navigating traffic lights
While most traffic lights have three colors, some may have a single red, yellow, or green light, or they may be flashing. They can also be round or arrow-like. When navigating traffic lights, always remember that they indicate when you can safely proceed through the intersection. If you fail to do so, you’ll likely get a ticket and cause aggravation to the traffic behind you.