Author Jamie Zunick has written a book detailing her journey she took with her mother. Together they visited almost all 50 states while looking for a new place to call home. Not always being able to find a traveling companion, Zunick has learned a thing or two about good safety, detailing some of her road trips in her new book “The Sweetness of Life.” Here are her top tips for anyone who enjoys solitary journeys.
1. Always let someone know where you are—Though you may enjoy the freedom of feeling “lost” on the highway, it’s always best to check in with a family member or friend so someone always knows where you are. Also, let someone know when you are leaving and when you will return.
2. Do not pick up strangers—do not offer rides or agree to share a hotel room with anyone you don’t know. Though you may think the person you are helping is harmless, you can never fully know someone’s true intentions after just a few minutes of conversation.
3. Take your car to the auto shop—Before starting any road trip, always take your car in for service. Make sure your car is “road ready.”
4. Don’t stop for someone stranded on the side of the road—Though you may want to assist someone in trouble, don’t stop unless you are sure it’s safe. It’s always a good idea to get to a safe place first and then call for help for the stranded driver.
5. Eat well and get plenty of sleep—Take care of yourself physically so you can focus while you’re on the road. Stay alert behind the wheel.
6. Stay in a nicer hotel—Though it may depend on your budget, it is always best to stay in a safe, secure location.
7. Dress conservatively—Once you reach your destination, dress anyway that fits the location and occasion. When traveling alone, however, it is best to dress down and not bring attention to yourself.
8. Do not let strangers know you are traveling alone—If people know you are traveling alone, you may be considered an “easy target.”
9. Notify credit card companies—Some credit card companies will block you card if they see “suspicious” activity like continuous gas charges. Inform companies that you will be traveling so they do not cut off your credit.
10. Travel with a pet—Bringing a dog on the road with you can deter strangers and give you companionship during long drives.