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  • Writer's pictureValarie Acree


Going on a road trip can be an exciting adventure, but it's important to prioritize safety and security. Here are some ideas to help you stay safe on your journey:

Vehicle Maintenance Check: Before you set out, ensure your vehicle is in good working condition. Check the tires, brakes, lights, oil, and other fluids.

Road Safety

  • Carry an Emergency Kit: Keep an emergency kit in your car that includes items, like a first aid kit, flashlight, blankets, water, fix-a-flat, and basic hand tools.

  • Ensure electronics are charged: Keeping devices charged in case of mechanical breakdown or emergency is advised.

  • Check-in regularly: Let a family member or friend know your route and expected arrival times.

  • Plan Your Route Before You Start Your Journey: Have a general idea of which roads and highways you’ll take so that you don’t add the distraction of trying to read your GPS while driving in an unfamiliar area.

  • Plan to stop for gas in well-populated areas and during daylight hours if possible.  

  • Avoid less-traveled roads, especially at night, and stay informed about weather and road conditions.

  • Use a GPS device or smartphone with a reliable navigation app. Carry physical maps as backups in areas with poor signal. Yes, maps are still available in many gas stations.

  • Renting a car? Before you leave the lot:

Take a moment to get familiar with the location of the horn, wipers, and lights.  

Set the GPS, and audio to prevent additional distractions while driving.


Be vigilant when filling up or leaving your vehicle:  Remember when traveling, you don’t know the environment. Even if the area “looks” safe, nowhere is 100% crime-free.

  • A common CARJACKING/ CAR THEFT tactic is for bad actors to slide into the passenger side of your vehicle while you’re distracted with pumping gas and checking your cell phone, then drive off.  Ask Queen Latifah about her experience. 

  • Save the cell phone checks for when you’re parked and stay vigilant while checking it.

  • Lock your doors any time you exit your vehicle.

  • Take your keys with you and NEVER leave the car running when you walk away. FYI, some newer autos don’t need keys to start them. There are apps out there that allow the bad guys to remotely start your car without them. 

WARNING: If this happens to you, don’t resist, or chase the perpetrators.  You can always get another car, but your family can’t get another YOU!


Disclaimer: The safety tips provided in this guide are intended for general informational purposes only. While we strive to offer practical and helpful advice, we cannot guarantee that these tips will cover all potential risks or scenarios you may encounter during your travels. Every travel situation is unique, and the effectiveness of these safety measures may vary depending on individual circumstances, locations, and unforeseen variables. We recommend that travelers always exercise personal judgment, stay informed about the specific conditions of their destinations, and adhere to the advice of local authorities and travel professionals. The use of these tips is at your own discretion and risk. The creators and publishers of this guide assume no responsibility for any loss, injury, or inconvenience sustained by anyone using this information.

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