Driving safety to Las Cruces, NM

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Driving safety to Las Cruces, NM

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Post by rtschl » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:29 pm

I have to drive to Las Cruces, New Mexico from DFW this weekend. I'll have family with me and curious about the current safety of Interstate 10 along the border up through El Paso. I haven't been that far West in years. I'm wondering if I should go the Northern route and take 380 to Roswell and then down to Las Cruces. That would add about an hour to the drive.

Appreciate any current information members here have. I've already checked reciprocity and carry laws when I cross out of our great Republic of Texas. :txflag:
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Post by OldCurlyWolf » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:34 pm

I haven't heard of anything on 10 to worry about, just be cautious at rest stops.
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Post by madwildcat » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:48 pm

Over that way recently with no issues. I would echo OldCurlyWolf about the rest stops, but honestly, that's good advice anywhere.

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Post by AF-Odin » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:25 pm

Just went I-10 to and from El Paso about 2 weeks ago. No issues and traffic was no too bad. Most of the construction on the west side of El Paso is done. Coming back, remember the immigration check point near Sierra Blanca. Don't mess with those guys, just say US Citizen. Only issue I have ever had was with my AT&T phone which tries to charge me for international calls while on I-10 neat Sierra Blanca because sometimes the signal hits a tower in Mexico. They always fix it, but it requires me calling to complain.
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Re: Driving safety to Las Cruces, NM

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Post by boxermoose » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:35 pm

Your biggest issue will be potential bad weather on the stretch around Midland through Van Horn

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Post by carlson1 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:38 pm

I just made a trip that was just a tad over 3,000 miles. I had downloaded an app on my phone called, “Crime and Place” it has been invaluable to me. I turn it on and it runs in the background. It will alert you when you are in a high crime area. I like to know what the area I am in when stopping for gas or food. If it alerts, “high crime area” I keep driving. I posted a link of what it looks like.
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Post by johncanfield » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:46 pm

We have been on I-10 from Kerrville to Las Cruces many times, I never ever went on yellow alert. You should be fine.
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Post by rtschl » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:12 pm

carlson1 wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:38 pm
I just made a trip that was just a tad over 3,000 miles. I had downloaded an app on my phone called, “Crime and Place” it has been invaluable to me. I turn it on and it runs in the background. It will alert you when you are in a high crime area. I like to know what the area I am in when stopping for gas or food. If it alerts, “high crime area” I keep driving. I posted a link of what it looks like.

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I looked up that app and looks good, but they only have it on iOs, no android version. I'm going to look for one on Android alternative.
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Post by OldCurlyWolf » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:22 pm

johncanfield wrote:
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We have been on I-10 from Kerrville to Las Cruces many times, I never ever went on yellow alert. You should be fine.
I have operated On yellow and higher for the last 41 years. I hardly go to green at home.

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Post by Liberty » Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:58 am

I make that run on I-10 about twice a year. It used to be that Fort Stockton. was pretty much a ghost town, but it's now not a hard place to find a brightly lit stop to get some gas coffee or food in the middle of the night. Avoid getting gas in El Paso, they sell over priced low octane fuels. The biggest safety issue is the drive itself through boring Texas desert. Stay alert!! Especially at night!
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Post by DXer » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:50 am

Watch the fuel gauge! Compared to the rest of the state, there aren't many places to gas up. Fill ups in Midland Odessa, Van Horne, Pecos, etc. Between larger cities, there isn't much. And note the speed limits between west of Odessa and east of El Paso go up to 80.

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Post by Syntyr » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:25 am

Everything said so far is spot on. The only construction you will see is currently the West Side of El Paso is torn up. It's not a long stretch so no big deal. If you want to avoid it take the Paisano highway 54 exit in El Paso and head north. Then take the Transmountain exit, head over the mountain and get back on I10. You will avoid all of the mess.

I make the drive from Houston to El Paso 4 or 5 times a year. 733 miles 11 hours. Although in a pinch I made the trip in 6.5 hours once. Cost me two speeding tickets.... :banghead: Junction Tx :banghead:
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Post by LDP » Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:54 pm

Syntyr wrote:
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I make the drive from Houston to El Paso 4 or 5 times a year. 733 miles 11 hours. :banghead:
That's why we invented airplanes.
A flight ticket could sometimes run you even less than car fuel and most airlines will allow you to transport your defensive tool in a checked bag.
Or heck, buy your own plane and fly armed. :hurry:

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Post by Syntyr » Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:45 pm

LDP wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:54 pm
Syntyr wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:25 am
I make the drive from Houston to El Paso 4 or 5 times a year. 733 miles 11 hours. :banghead:
That's why we invented airplanes.
A flight ticket could sometimes run you even less than car fuel and most airlines will allow you to transport your defensive tool in a checked bag.
Or heck, buy your own plane and fly armed. :hurry:
I wish! Generally even advance purchase tickets in to El Paso are 300 plus bucks and I usually have tools and stuff because I am going back to help maintain my moms house. This summer was a chainsaw to whack up the two 60 foot trees in her back yard that toppled over. Need to convince her to move to Houston. Do think that will happen.
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Post by Liberty » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:08 pm

LDP wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:54 pm
Syntyr wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:25 am
I make the drive from Houston to El Paso 4 or 5 times a year. 733 miles 11 hours. :banghead:
That's why we invented airplanes.
A flight ticket could sometimes run you even less than car fuel and most airlines will allow you to transport your defensive tool in a checked bag.
Or heck, buy your own plane and fly armed. :hurry:
Meeting their schedule. Driving to the airport. Parking (plus fees) renting a vehicle all take time. Then you still have to drive to your final destination. Flying these days cost a lot more than just the ticket price and takes a lot more time than just the in air time.
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