By Colin Bird on August 16, 2011
Ever drive your car on or near empty, hoping the next highway exit has a gas station with cheaper prices, or maybe one that accepts your rewards card? Or it's next to your preferred fast-food joint? We have a list of 16 places where postponing a fill-up can result in devastating consequences.
According to TomTom, the portable GPS navigation company, there are some highway exits in the U.S. where the gaps between exits are nearly 50 miles long. So unless you're in a Toyota Prius, you could easily run out of gas if the little pump icon is flashing.The list is dominated by places in Florida, and the writers at USA Today find that odd; you’d think large desert regions or mountainous regions in the Western U.S. would populate most of these spots. [Editor's Note: Having grown up in Florida, senior editor David Thomas wants to point out the state is a very, very long peninsula. The Turnpike also has "oasis" areas between exits. And Nos. 12 and 14 below cut right through the Everglades.]
Florida takes five spots on the list, while Pennsylvania takes three. For the full list, continue reading below:
(Note: Asterisk indicates exit gap exists in both directions.)
Top 16 Longest Gaps Between Interstate Exits (USA Today)