California's Highway 17
is a wonderful, stress-free commute
; provided you are not
driving during rush hour
, at minimum,
- Radar detector. Passive (non-transmitting) radar detectors are legal in California, ever since a 1998 California Supreme Court decision bitchslapped the legislature. :-)
- Full tank. It's a good (or a terrible) 30 miles from San Jose to Santa Cruz. Fill up!
- Good tires, and excellent brakes.
- An up-to-date, notarized, Last Will and Testament, to aid your next-of-kin in divvying up what swag you can't take with you.
There is but one constant
on this road: no matter how reckless
ly you drive, everyone
on the road will be doing their damndest
to outdo you. Indeed, it often seems like a contest
for the title of "World's Nastiest Driver
", and the competition is decidedly world-class.
The key to survival on Highway 17, is this: take Highway 9, instead.