It’s Easy to Cross the Country Safely

Author: PeopleFinders on May 20th, 2020
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Yes, it’s still chilly out there. But before you know it, spring will arrive, and with it, road trip weather. Crossing the country is an adventure, one that can be incredibly satisfying. You’ll be able to see a wide variety of sights, visit widely known attractions, and enjoy yourself in some unique locations. However, safety is important, especially when you’re away from home. Follow these six pointers to make sure you stay safe.

1. Keep Your Phone Charged

You don’t necessarily need to be able to use data, or even have a smartphone. However, if something bad happens, you need to have a connection with the world outside of your car. Even phones with no cell service can reach 911. Therefore, at the very least, you need a charged flip phone in case you have to reach out for help.

2. Stay on the Road

It can be tempting to stray from the road well-traveled. But if you’re in a car, it’s not a good idea. If you’re prepared and have an ATV or a guide on foot, it can be fun to wander around the woods or the desert. However, if you’re in a regular vehicle and don’t know what’s off the road, don’t go off into the woods. It’s a good way to get hopelessly lost.

3. Always Stop in Well-Lit, Populated Areas

If you stop to get a bite to eat or need to ask for directions, try your best not to stop in the middle of nowhere. Even if you stop at an old-school “general store,” it’s better than just going off the road to a shady-looking gas station in the middle of the night.

4. Plan Your Trip in Advance

Variety is the spice of life, and it’s always nice to have some wiggle room in your plans so you can make spontaneous decisions. However, it’s also a good idea to at least vaguely know where you’re going before you go. Just driving across the country with no real direction may sound fun, but it can take you literally off-track and off schedule.

5. Keep an Eye on Your Gas Tank

This is important even in day-to-day life. But if you’re driving along long expanses of sparsely populated highways, it’s even more important. If you wait until your fuel light comes on to find a gas station, you may find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere with an empty tank. To give yourself some margin for error, you may want to carry a small can of extra fuel, just in case. (Just be sure to stow it properly during travel.)

6. Research Any Strangers You’ll Be Staying With

Many people who make long-term trips end up staying overnight with strangers, whether found through a casual peer-to-peer site or through a more official source, such as Airbnb. Most likely, you’ll be on your way the next morning without a worry. You just never know, though. When you use a public records search site like PeopleFinders to check on people you’re going to stay with, you don’t have to worry about that.

PeopleFinders is a great way to make sure your stays will be safe. Once you get the name of the person with whom you’ll be staying, you can perform a criminal records search and get information about the person’s criminal background. Because the tool works so quickly, you can even use your phone to perform a check on someone you just met. You can also use the PeopleFinders blog to get more ideas about how to use PeopleFinders in your travels.

cross-country trip safety checklist

People travel across the country every day with no issues. It’s a great way to explore the country and have some unique experiences that you can’t have in your hometown. However, no matter where you go or how, it’s important to stay safe. When you’re planning to take a life-changing trip across the country, keep the above tips in mind to both have fun and be road-savvy.

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