Afraid Of Heights... Driving To Tacoma, Washington From San Antonio, Texas

Topic 9283 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
Chellie C.'s Comment
member avatar

Please help. Any input is appreciated. I'm driving to Tacoma, Washington from San Antonio, Texas and want to know what is the best route to minimize mountain driving and heights. Lol. If I can avoid it altogether that would be lovely. I have only driven in Texas so I am scared. Thanks for your help.

Gladiator 76's Comment
member avatar

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but mountains cannot be avoided while driving in the Pacific Northwest. I suggest driving slowly and down shifting prior to your decent.

Chellie C.'s Comment
member avatar

Aaahhhh! Hopefully that route gets cancelled. Lol 😱😱 Thanks for the advice.

Jessica A-M's Comment
member avatar

You've never driven a route like that and you're already getting yourself worked up without knowing? Conquer your fears. You can't spend your whole career avoiding mountains. It's some seriously beautiful forested driving and very worth the time spent slowly driving through.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

The Dude's Comment
member avatar

Don't even worry about the grades. They don't have to be scary if you get into the gear you're comfortable with and use the engine brake.

In fact, I'd say climbing and descending is ten times easier than city driving. I find it to be more annoying than difficult. I know I can put my truck into 7th gear and climb up a hill to the moon at 28 mph. I can put her in 6th and slide straight down to the core of the earth at 25 mph. Things don't have to be scary and fast, they can be slow and annoying. Just put your four ways on.

I think what has happened is you've looked into your route and it's making you nervous because you have to do Snoqualmie and it has a bit of trucker name legend to it. I've done it about a dozen times and it's nothing to be afraid of. Just find your comfort zone with your gears.

And also, if this will be your first time driving up into the Pacific Northwest, I'm jealous of you. There are things in life that are remarkable experiences the first time you do them, like driving into the PNW, watching Breaking Bad, and, well... other things. Consider yourself lucky and enjoy the experience.

Chellie C.'s Comment
member avatar

Yes. I am nervous and what makes it worse is that I learned to drive in a ten speed but was assigned an automatic so I am apprehensive about not having as much control. But you guys are right conquering my fear will be an experience. Thanks again.

Pat M.'s Comment
member avatar

I would not even touch snoqualmie pass if going to Tacoma. I would take white pass Hwy 12. Not a lot of traffic and no big cliffs for you to look over. Either that or the Blue Mountains in Oregon but that puts you way above the Columbia river. Either way there is no way to avoid heights because you have to cross the Columbia River unless you go by boat. You could take Hwy 14 that runs along the north side of the Columbia to Vancouver and then take I5 north from there. I have not driven that route but I think it runs right along the river and no pass to go over but don't quote me on that.

Pat M.'s Comment
member avatar

Yes. I am nervous and what makes it worse is that I learned to drive in a ten speed but was assigned an automatic so I am apprehensive about not having as much control. But you guys are right conquering my fear will be an experience. Thanks again.

As for not having control with an automatic.... Poppykock! I have only driven one and it only took me one day to figure out how to make it do what I wanted it to. Just play with it on the way up. You will have a couple of days anyhow.

Bud A.'s Comment
member avatar

I would not even touch snoqualmie pass if going to Tacoma. I would take white pass Hwy 12. Not a lot of traffic and no big cliffs for you to look over. Either that or the Blue Mountains in Oregon but that puts you way above the Columbia river. Either way there is no way to avoid heights because you have to cross the Columbia River unless you go by boat. You could take Hwy 14 that runs along the north side of the Columbia to Vancouver and then take I5 north from there. I have not driven that route but I think it runs right along the river and no pass to go over but don't quote me on that.

Hwy 14 has no passes to speak of, but last time I drove that it was a narrow 2-lane road with lots of curves and little hills. That was 20 years ago, so it might have been widened, but probably I 84 on the south side of the river is a better choice. Still have to deal with Cabbage Hill to get there.

miracleofmagick's Comment
member avatar

Just remember that even in an automatic, you can still shift and downshift manually. Hey some practice doing so before hitting the mountain areas

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

This topic has the following tags:

Advice For New Truck Drivers Life On The Road Safe Driving Tips Tips For Shifting
Click on any of the buttons above to view topics with that tag, or you can view a list of all forum tags here.

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More