When you’re embarking on a cross country trip for the holidays, a business meeting or your own enjoyment, chances are you’ll encounter a stretch of road some might consider less-than-populated. Should your vehicle encounter any trouble, you’ll be miles and miles away from the nearest gas station or roadside motel. Even worse, these desolate roads often have poor cell phone reception, making it difficult to call for help. Here are some car travel tips and car safety tips in case you break down in the middle of nowhere.
Stay with the car
One of the worst mistakes someone can make on an empty desert or prairie road is to leave the vehicle in search of help, according to CalDrive.com. Unless you passed a building that’s still in walking distance, venturing off on your own can leave you without food, water or protection from the sun – a recipe for disaster.
Make yourself visible
In order to attract help, make your vehicle easily visible and be sure that it’s clear you’re in need of assistance. If you have a brightly colored cloth or shirt you can spare, tie it to your car’s antenna. You may also want to create a makeshift sign signaling for help in order to flag down a passerby.