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Old 05-22-2012, 12:39 PM   #1
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Reader Digest rules for the road?

Help please,

I have 3 teen girls I am teaching to drive 2 have their licences but need some pointers for traveling, IE how exits are # etc

what i am looking for i saw 20 to 30 years ago in Readers digest. It explained things like exit Numbers. How to tell whitch side of the road an exit was on, how the construction barracades are positioned to move traffic and a bunch of other neat things.

any body have some pointers for "New" travelers or a place to look

thanks
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- Mile markers (ergo, exit numbers) increase west to east, and south to north. So on an east/west interstate route, MM1 will be just after entering the state from the west and increase as you head east. Exit numbers willl correspond generally to the mile marker nearest the exit.

- When you see a sign about an upcoming exit, it will generally have a tiny sign above it with the exit number. If that tiny sign is on the upper right, it's a right exit, on the upper left, its a left exit.
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- Mile markers (ergo, exit numbers) increase west to east, and south to north. So on an east/west interstate route, MM1 will be just after entering the state from the west and increase as you head east. Exit numbers willl correspond generally to the mile marker nearest the exit.
There are a few states that still hold onto sequential exit numbers (as opposed to use of mile markers). In these states, Exit 3 will be the 3rd exit from the western state line or the from the western end of the Interstate in that state if it doesn't cross a state line. Ditto south to north.

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There are a few states that still hold onto sequential exit numbers (as opposed to use of mile markers). In these states, Exit 3 will be the 3rd exit from the western state line or the from the western end of the Interstate in that state if it doesn't cross a state line. Ditto south to north.

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Ah! Did not know that. Thanks. Any idea which states are the hold outs?
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Pennsylvania used to have sequential exit numbers, but I haven't been there for awhile. I'll have to stir up some brain cells that haven't been used in quite awhile to come up with some others - stand by.....

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Also, Interstate freeways N/S are odd numbers, E/W are even numbers.

Each state starts the exit numbers all over again on an Interstate.

example:
Heading east on I-10 from CA to AZ.
Last exit in CA is #243, first exit in AZ is #1.
The exits are less than 2 miles apart.

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NY still uses sequential exit numbers which start in NYC and go up going north and west until the PA line just east of Erie, PA. I believe there are several other states that are still sequential in exit numbers. Maine comes to mind, but I'm not sure about that even though we were there last summer.

BTW, to further complicate the situation in NY you will also see different exit numbers for whatever extension of the NY Thruway you may be on. The Berkshire section is coded with a B and the Niagara section has an N preceding the exit number.

Also US highways are even numbers going East and West and odd numbers going North and South. US 20 starts in Boston and goes to the west coast. US19 starts in Erie, PA and ends in Florida. Of course nothing is easy so you have the odd ball routes such as 66 and 62. Route 66 and 62 both go from the Northeast to the Southwest.
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Exit Numbering

Well, this is more complex than I know how to put into a single post. See HERE for more on this topic.

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Exit numbers willl correspond generally to the mile marker nearest the exit.
For years CA didn't follow that, I think that's changed now though.
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Well, this is more complex than I know how to put into a single post. See HERE for more on this topic.

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Wow. That's amazing.
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NH still has exit numbers that have nothing to do with mileage. And they give direction by were things use to be. "You go up the road until you come to were the Oak tree blew down in the hurricane of '38 and turn right.....
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  1. Even numbered Interstate Highways run east and west.
  2. Odd numbered Interstate Highways run north and south.
  3. Interstate Highways that are designated with three digit numbers are usually either bypasses around a city or expressways through a city. It used to be that if the numeric designator began with an odd number it was an expressway. If it began with an even number it was a bypass. I don't think that was paid a lot of attention after the initial main Interstates were bult.
  4. When entering an Interstate Highway on ramp, the solid yellow line should always be on your left. If it isn't, you are trying to enter the highway via an exit ramp.

And don't forget to tell them that while they may be able to drive in the driveway, it is never a good idea to park on the parkway.
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Those are good. Keep them comming. Ie odd and even house numbers
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Those are good. Keep them comming. Ie odd and even house numbers
Some interesting posts. To take a different direction, when I have taught someone to drive, the first thing I would do is go to an empty parking lot (Sunday etc) and have them drive slowly around the parking lot. Then have them back up around the lot. Have them learn to park parallel as well as angle and back in parking until they were sick and tired of it. In the end they were not afraid to park or back up. When they can drive slowly without looking for things they need to use and can park & back up they are ready to get out on the road with a little more speed. It is important that they know where light switches, wipers etc are with out looking for them.
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