Author: Guest Blogger Jessica Thiefels
Road tripping is cheaper than flying, especially if you’re going to more than one place. This makes it a popular choice for business trips; the company rents the car and pays for your hotels and gas, and you hit the highway for a few days.
Whether you’re traveling alone or with someone else, it’s important to keep safety in mind on your trip. You want to be prepared for anything, whether you break down in a remote area or no longer have service, but need to access your maps.
Use these tips to make your next business road trip both safe and successful
Share Your Itinerary
If you know where you’ll be and when, which is likely with a pre-planned business trip, then give your itinerary to a good friend or your significant other. Even a loose plan of where you’re going could be valuable in case something happens.
For example, if you’re in an accident, and don’t show up a scheduled meeting, the person with your itinerary can say, “Well, she was driving from Burlington, Vermont to Albany, New York today, so she’s likely somewhere between those two points.”
Don’t forget to check-in with someone regularly as well. This ensures that whoever has your itinerary also knows that you did in fact make it to the second stop, or that you were stuck at the first one for an extra day or two, setting your schedule back a few days.
Bring a Non-Lethal Self Defense Tool
Driving through deserted parts of the U.S., especially at night, can be scary. Without knowing where you are, or anyone that lives nearby, you want to be protected. While an attack of any sort may be unlikely, being prepared ensures you’ll leave the situation safe and sound.
One of the best non-lethal self defense tools is a taser or stun gun, both of which are legal to carry in most states in the U.S. They’re also easy to use and effective: “Your taser gun can immobilize an assailant from up to 15 feet away giving you valuable time to escape the situation and find help,” explain self defense experts from the Home Security Super Store. This makes it a great non-lethal weapon to have on your road trip, allowing you to protect yourself without getting too close or severely injuring anyone else.
Home Security Super Store. This makes it a great non-lethal weapon to have on your road trip, allowing you to protect yourself without getting too close or severely injuring anyone else.
Download Helpful Apps Ahead of Time
There’s an app for nearly everything, and many of them can make your business road trip safer. Here are a few apps to download before leaving for your trip:
- Gas Buddy – Quickly locate nearby gas stations when you realize you’re almost empty at the last minute.
- iExit – Know where the nearest restaurant, hospital or store is with this simple app.
- Me – Get detailed maps, for both highly populated and completely remote areas. They’re accessible offline as well, making this an important app for every road trip warrior.
An estimated 1 in 25 adult drivers report having fallen asleep at the wheel in the last 30 days, according to The CDC. You don’t want to be one of these drivers, injuring yourself or someone else at the same time, but sleeping in unfamiliar places can cause you to get less rest than usual.
In this case, make use of rest stops, where you can take a nap if need-be. This is especially helpful when driving at night. Even if you’re not tired, you may be more likely to doze because it’s dark outside.
Use an app like USA Rest Stop Locator (Android, iOS) to find the nearest napping spot, along with ratings and reviews for each one. When traveling solo, these reviews will be helpful in determining whether a rest stop is safe for you to crash at for a few hours.
Keep Emergency Equipment on Board
Don’t let a bad cut or minor injury send you off course. Be prepared for any potential incident with a simple road trip kit. You can buy them for as little as $20, depending on what you want included. For less than $40, for example, you can get this Top Gear Premium Road Trip Assistance kit, which comes with a reflective safety vest, charged LED flashlight, 34-piece first-aid kit and more.
If you have many of these items at home already, toss them into a bag to make your own emergency kit. Keep it in the trunk or backseat for easier access while driving.
Make your next business road trip as safe as it is successful so you can return ready to take on your next big project.
Author: Guest Blogger Jessica Thiefels