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4 Precautions to Take When Road Tripping Across the Country

If you are planning on taking a trip across the country, you need to make sure that you get there and back safely. While your goal is to have fun and forget about life for a few days, it is also a good idea to take stock of your surroundings at all times. What are some ways that you can balance your desire to have fun with your need to stay safe?

Keep Your Cell Phone Close

The last thing that you want to do is isolate yourself from others who could possibly help you in an emergency situation. Keeping your cell phone nearby at all times gives you the opportunity to call for a tow truck or call 911 depending on what your needs are. Professionals, such as those at Bennett & Sharp PLLC, know that you should take every precaution possible when going on a road trip. If you don't want to bring your own phone with you, burner phones can be purchased for a few dollars almost anywhere in the nation.

Tell Others Where You Plan to Be

An easy way to stay safe is to tell others where you plan to be during your trip. For instance, you could give your itinerary to your parents before you leave to ensure that someone knows where you plan to be at all times. If you don't call from that location or check in somehow, people know where to start looking for you.

Read the Weather Report

The weather conditions may vary across the country while you travel. Therefore, just because it is sunny and mild where you live doesn't mean that you couldn't encounter a blizzard or other severe weather during your trip. While the odds of being caught in blinding snow, hail or a tornado are slim, you want to be ready for it and have a plan to get through it.

Bring Extra Food and Water

If you are stranded in a remote location, it may take hours for help to reach you. You can keep yourself safe by bringing extra food and water to hold you over until someone can reach your location. It may also be wise to bring a gun to fend off animals or potential human attackers while in remote locations.

Taking a road trip across the United States is a goal for many people. While it may be among your lifelong dreams, it could turn into a nightmare if you aren't prepared. Therefore, make sure that you have food, water and your cell phone handy to help bail yourself out of an emergency situation.

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