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Driving vs. Flying

Updated on December 30, 2010

Flying vs. Driving Debate - Does Flying Make You Sick, or is Driving a Bore?

Driving vs. Flying

Sometimes we have to fly, and sometimes we have to drive. Which would you prefer, if you were given the option? Would you rather fly across the country, or drive across? Overall, which is a more pleasant experience for you? We'll ask you some questions, you can read other people's responses, interact, offer opinions, and give your first hand experiences with flying vs. driving.

FLYING VS. DRIVING - What's your preferred method of travel, driving or flying?

Flying vs. Driving

This is where you weigh in with your opinion! Is flying the only way to go, or is there nothing like taking the open road? Tell us why, share your experiences, and give us some good reasons why we should either fly or drive.

Which do you prefer, driving or flying?

Driving vs. Flying - The Poll - Vote and see the results of this poll to see what others think

Driving, or flying? If you had to take a trip within the country, and you had the option of either driving or flying, which would you want to do?

Which would you prefer on your next trip within the country, to drive or to fly?

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Hate Flying? These Might Make Your Flight More Comfortable - Things to make your flight more comfortable

Flights for some people really aren't a pleasant experience. Turbulence, small chairs, and body parts that become numb during flight are some of the top reasons why people hate flying. Sometimes, we just have to fly. There are some things out there to make your flight more comfortable (besides a good shot or two whiskey before take off). Here are a few of them (and for more recommendations on what you should do to be more comfortable on an airplane read this).

Travelrest - Ultimate Travel Pillow / Neck Pillow - Best Ergonomic, Patented & Adjustable Travel Accessories for Airplanes, Cars, Buses, Trains, Office Napping, Camping, Wheelchairs (Rolls Up Small)
Travelrest - Ultimate Travel Pillow / Neck Pillow - Best Ergonomic, Patented & Adjustable Travel Accessories for Airplanes, Cars, Buses, Trains, Office Napping, Camping, Wheelchairs (Rolls Up Small)

Rated as one of the best travel pillows available, you wonder why they don't just tack this onto your bill and make it part of the seat. Looks pretty comfortable, and according to users, it is.

Sleep Master Sleep Mask
Sleep Master Sleep Mask

I can't think of another time that's better to use a sleep mask. Shut off everyone and everything around you and get some rest.

Miers Labs No Jet Lag Homeopathic Jet Lag Remedy, 32 Count
Miers Labs No Jet Lag Homeopathic Jet Lag Remedy, 32 Count

Jet lag is the worst side effect of flying. Flight fatigue can be accompanied with nausea, and just an overall not-so-good feeling.

Travel Nook - New Revolutionary Inflatable Travel Pillow (Light Blue)
Travel Nook - New Revolutionary Inflatable Travel Pillow (Light Blue)

This is another inflatable pillow that supports the entire head, if you're one of those head bobbers that passes out on the plane and needs head/neck support.


Has your flight ever been delayed? It happens all the time, but how many times has it happened to you?

If you've flown, how many times has your flight been delayed?

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If you think a road trip isn't an eco friendly option for the environment, you would be wrong. The amount of greenhouse gases generated during a typical flight across the entire country while driving is substantially less than flying. Add more passengers to the mix, and you'll lower the greenhouse gas emissions per person even more. If you are driving an inefficient vehicle, like a large SUV or truck, a plane would be more eco friendly. Using an energy efficient, high MPG car (like a Prius, small compact car, or hybrid) would lower the greenhouse gases even further.

Read More About Flying vs. Driving and Which is Best for the Environment

Things That Make Driving More Comfortable - Make driving easier on you with these items

With driving, you do have a lot more legroom and options while you're driving, but some people are still very uncomfortable. Why not make your ride a little bit smoother for you with something that will make driving more comfortable? Here are a few things that will help you out and put you more at rest while you drive:

Auto Expressions Sheepskin Seat Belt Shoulder Pad-Grey
Auto Expressions Sheepskin Seat Belt Shoulder Pad-Grey

Some seat belts are very uncomfortable on the neck area, and can slice right through it as it rubs on your neck over and over. A good seat belt cover will take care of this problem.

Eurow Genuine Australian Sheepskin Sideless Seat Cover - Gray
Eurow Genuine Australian Sheepskin Sideless Seat Cover - Gray

Seats not warm or cool enough? Cover up hot leather seats, or just give your keister something a little more plush to sit in with geuine sheepskin seat covers.

CIPA 49002 1.25"  x 2.25" HotSpots Stick-On Convex Wedge
CIPA 49002 1.25" x 2.25" HotSpots Stick-On Convex Wedge

This convex wedge will help take care of blind spots in the back of your vehicle. It affixes right onto your side mirrors and won't take up too much room. Definitely a life saver (and a fender bender preventer).


Flying isn't always the cheapest option for travel, especially when you have a family. The cost per person goes down the more people you add to the car. Also, keep in mind for flights you could need a rental car, added food costs of restaurants, and a little jet lag.

Think driving is nowhere near as safe as flying? The Commercial Airlines industry would love to have you keep thinking that, but the statistics speak for themselves. It's difficult to provide direct data that reflects exactly how safe they are on a side by side comparison, but this website on driving and airline safety has some interesting information and stats. The results are surprising.

Driving vs. Flying - Which is the Safer Option? - Like being in control of your car, or would you rather fly?

Statistically speaking, they say airplanes are safer than cars. But what's your honest opinion? For you, what do you feel is the safest option?

Which do you think is the safer option, driving or flying?

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Traffic Jams Make Driving Terrible - How Long Has it Held You Up? - The most time spent in a traffic jam...

Traffic jams always stink. Even if it's predictable rush hour traffic, it still stinks. What's the worst you've experienced?

What's the worst traffic jam you've ever been in?

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Jet lag symptoms come in many forms. Other people just can't stand the noise. What annoys you?

What are the worst symptoms of flying for you?

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Which Option is More Eco Friendly, Driving or Flying? - Which form of travel is a better choice for the environment?

Which do you think is the more eco friendly option?

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Kids scream on airplanes, and they scream in the car... .but which one overall do you think is the more kid friendly option? That is, which option would be easier for both the parents, the children, and everyone else that has to listen to the screaming kids?

Which option is more kid friendly, driving or flying?

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Have You Ever Spent a Long Time Waiting on the Runway? - A good reason not to fly...

Think flying is a piece of cake? Maybe you just haven't been stuck on the runway for a long time. Has this happened to you?

What's the longest you've ever been stuck on the runway at the airport?

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Thanks for dropping by!

Tell Us About Your Favorite Road Trip or Worst Flying Experience Here! - Share your experiences with flying or driving, or add on to the debate!

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      I am a "very frequent traveller", and I travel both by plane and by car. I never get bored: when I am in a plane I can sleep, work with my pc or read, and when I´m in my car I love to sing (it´s the best place to do it... nobody else can hear you, and you´re not going to hurt anybody´s ears!!!!).

      I only have problems with connections, when I travel by plane. My worst experience is linked to a night spent inside an airport, waiting for the morning flight....

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      I worked as an airport ramper for years -- my favorite job ever -- but I spent MANY hours waiting for delayed flights (to arrive AND depart, LOL) -- fun, thought-provoking lens -- blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      papawu 7 years ago

      I have driven all over the country for the past 16 years, from L.A. to NY, Detroit to Miami for my Marketing company and I would not have it any other way.