Goofy's Freeway Troubles is an educational short released on September 22, 1965 and was the last theatrical cartoon short to star Goofy until 2007's How to Hook Up Your Home Theater. An earlier short with Goofy named Freewayphobia had a similar focus on freeway safety.
During production, Goofy's Freeway Troubles was addressed as Freewayphobia No. 2 - indicating that it is a follow-up to the first short. Its name was changed before its initial release, but some later showings would call it Part 2 of Freewayphobia.
Although produced (and later used) as an educational film like Freewayphobia, Goofy's Freeway Troubles was distributed to theaters to both retain production costs faster and to establish the value that the shorts were not just educational, but had also played in theaters.
In Goofy's Freeway Troubles, a narrator describes various rules of freeway safety, referring back to the three driver types previously named in Freewayphobia.
The narrator then introduces a new driver type, Stupidicus Ultimas--a driver who is nice enough, but is a menace because he never takes care of things. Stupidicus, portrayed by Goofy, is shown to neglect maintenance on his car, often resulting in expensive breakdowns on the freeway, where demands on the car are higher. Stupidicus is also shown to take such actions as improperly loading his car, which causes the objects to become dangerous projectiles during crashes, and failing to account for potential emergencies, such as purchasing only the fuel that he needs for immediate use. Later, Stupidicus demonstrates the dangers of highway hypnosis and alcohol.
The narration then shifts to safe driving habits that the viewer can form, including examples of checklists a driver can use, such as making sure the car is safe, ensuring that the driver is well rested and knowing where to go. The narrator also describes the proper use of reflectors and flares should a breakdown occur. The narrator concludes the short by encouraging the viewers to use common sense when driving.
- This cartoon is Pinto Colvig's final performance as the voice of Goofy. He passed away two years afterward in 1967.
- The scene with a sidecar covered with a haystack was later seen in The Aristocats as a "one-wheeled haystack."
- This is also the last Goofy cartoon to be released during Walt Disney's lifetime.