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Old 12-28-2019, 06:40 PM   #1
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I-75 tip: Start very early

We just drove from Tallahassee to within 140 miles of Naples, FL. We shopped at Camping World and Walmart before hitting the road at about noon.

Huge mistake. Very heavy traffic slowed by long congestion caused by a crash made this for a long day. Our experience, which we ignored this morning, is that regardless of where you're going on I-75 and I-10 from the Texas border east, it pays to depart at around 7 or 8 a.m. before the traffic builds.

Today it felt like we were on I-80 between Davenport and Des Moines, IA, times 2.
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Or, take 19 south after Tallahassee, more scenic, similar time
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Old 12-28-2019, 09:58 PM   #3
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... it pays to depart at around 7 or 8 a.m. before the traffic builds.
This is a "holiday" driving issue ! Depending WHERE you are in FL when you start your journey north, you should try to be near Gainesville by 9 or 10AM.
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I-75 was brutal yesterday. Just north of Ocala down to the turnpike was at a snails pace. No accidents, just heavy,heavy traffic. We push on to our spot in Labelle arriving at 11pm after leaving Knoxville at 6am. Thank God we were in our toad as the coach was in her spot. People drive like complete idiots.
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I-75 in FL, nov-mar, is a crap shoot at any hour, same goes for I-95 and I-4. All the snowbirds hauling money down here tends to clog up the highways.

Little known fact among visitors to FL, you can get anywhere you want to go in FL without using the interstates, and many times it is faster.
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I live in Tampa and avoid I75 south of Gainsville to the extent possible. Very crowded and many many accidents. Like JSM said there are better routing options.
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A lot of traffic in Naples now. Every parking lot is full like Black Friday at the mall. But the weather is perfect!
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The only time we've driven I-75 was north from Sarasota, it didn't seem any worse than the other interstates. We are in that part of Florida in April so maybe all the money had gone back home by then.
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