How to Drive On The Interstate And Survive (Maybe)!

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

11 Responses

  1. Jack says:

    BCtruck, I think you are the guy with the GREAT YouTube channel but you forgot to self-promote. Well, there is my heads up to other readers, check this guy out. Now as far as driving, I am with you 100%. Over the past 47 1/2 years, have had one warning when I was young and have been run into three times. There was no place to go to avoid the other guy through we did try. Not too serious and no personal injuries. Like you stated, the other guys were distracted or inattentive. I am now semi-retired in the Philippine Islands and man what a different experience. I am OK on the NLEX highway system and out in remote provinces with less traffic. Put me in Manila traffic and truthfully, it feels like you are in a Mad Max movie. I take the bus to the city. For less than a dollar, we ride in airconditioned comfort and I am not wasting fuel idling in traffic jams.

  2. JP in MT says:

    Good comments, BC!

    Although not a trucker, I too have put in more than my fair share of road miles. All of what you said is good, solid advise.

    Glad you are back with us!

    P.S.: My oldest grandson still lusts over the hammer you made!

  3. Thor1 says:

    BC, I have driven heavy equipment, tanker trucks years ago. My Dad had driven trucks of all kinds and stock cars at one time. His advice was never become complacent, that’s when accidents happen.

  4. Docj says:

    Glad to see you writing, BC! Good article. Alive today because I stop well behind other vehicles; this time a feed truck. Did not become a sandwich filling between the feed truck and a pretty red Dodge Durango.

  5. Northern wolf says:

    Sometimes no matter how careful you are someone will get you . Had an 93 yr old guy going the opposite way make a left turn in front of me on a rainy day at just after dusk when everyone had their lights on , I was doing the speed limit but braking as I was going down hill when this guy turned with less than 50 feet , if I had not turned away from him I would have t boned him maybe causing his death but I slammed on my brakes turned away side swiped his car . My truck a 72 gmc truck was totaled but the guy was not hurt to bad and my son and myself were fine , the Jimmy had a bent frame,broken front end and crushed right side .
    So sometimes things happen no matter how careful you try to be . Still miss that truck.

  6. G.Go says:

    Thank you for this very important article. It especially needs be read by the new young drivers out there. It is a very good reminder to the older drivers too.

  7. Mustang says:

    It’s a difficult skill to master, yet alone understand before you are actually in the situation. Driving in a possibly hostile environment takes a little getting used to and requires practice to make it part of your driving “habits”. I spent 13 months in Iraq and almost 3 years in Afghanistan driving urban and rural roads. From small arms fire, IED’s, illegal check points and typical traffic jams/maintenance issues, we learned quickly to adapt to the situation. Driving alone as a family unit you’re pretty much limited to going with the flow or possibly finding alternate routes. As a team, you still have all the same issues, but at least you have the assets to hopefully support your movement. As a civil security force trainer and PRT Commander, we typically traveled in 2-3 vehicle units with a range of weapons options. IED’s were always the key concern and impacted us often enough that we failed on many missions. The second most common issue was coming up to an illegal check point run by whatever group was in vogue that day. In most cases we would be nodded through, but in a few we had not other option but to engage and eliminate all members of the group conducting the check point. Pretty scary stuff since we were usually 8-12 strong while the checkpoint was being manned by any number of hostiles. So, when it comes to traveling during an true SHTF scenario, what will you do when you come to a checkpoint? If manned by official looking personnel you might think it’s OK, but for those bandits looking to k=take your stuff you will need to make some hard decisions. We carried LOTS of firepower, but the average american just won’t have the weapons and skilled operators to succeed. Best bug out early or hunker down for the long haul. Traveling on the roads will likley be VERY sketchy in a SHTF scenario.

  8. MaineBrain says:

    In our little corner of Maine, wth one major road going through the city, people used to slow to let other people turn into traffic, would slow down to let folks make a left turn, etc. Then – I hate to say it – 9/11 happened. Seems like that flipped a switch and suddenly everybody was out for me-me-me. I routinely slow for others to enter the traffic lane, make a left turn, etc., and always maintain a safe following distance (one car length for every 10 mph), and always stop at a red light so I can see the tires of the car in front of me, so I have room to manueuver if I have to make a sudden getaway. There’s some guy around town who feels it’s okay to make a left turn from the center lane on a red light. He almost clipped me, and when I honked my horn, he threw me an F-bomb. A few weeks later, I saw him clip another car (luckily I was well out of harm’s way). And don’t get me started with the people on their cell phones. What is wrong with people???!! (Hey you kids, get off my lawn!) But anyway, good advice, BC, and thanks for taking the time to write it up.

  9. ShirlGirl says:

    After driving 200 miles each way every week from April of this year to September, I must agree with you. I saw it all on the Arizona interstate and I’m so grateful to be off the road now. It seems that the more you drive, the more you are at risk from particularly impatient, demanding people especially those climbing the mountain from Black Canyon City to northern Arizona.
    It was not worth insisting on my right of way at the expense of my life.
    Did not know about the tire treads coming off big trucks so easily. Thanks for the tip.

  10. AXELSTEVE says:

    My stepdad ran the wrecker for Reliance trailers when I was a teenager. I bet you guys would have had some good stories to swap at a truck stop.

  11. Jesse Mathewson says:

    Never drove a truck, commercially that is. I’ve put several hundred thousand miles on several vehicles south of the border and across the usa/ what you say is pretty much spot on.

    The only real differences I’ve seen are car maintenance =/= persons level of sobriety- yes it is indicative and no it is not reliably so.

    That said. Vehicle maintenance is essential!

    Nice article