If you’re like most people, you probably enjoy taking road trips. There’s something about hitting the open road in that rental from Carl’s Van Rentals that is very liberating. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when you’re on the road. One of those things is rest stop safety. So, here are three tips that will help keep you safe when you’re taking a break from driving.

3 Rest Stop Safety Tips

1. Survey the Rest Stop before Getting Out

Rest stops are a necessary part of any road trip, providing a chance to stretch your legs, use the bathroom, and get a snack. However, rest stops can also be dangerous places, especially for families traveling with young children. It’s important to be vigilant when you’re at a rest stop and to take measures to ensure your safety. One of the most important things you can do is to survey the rest stop before getting out of the van. Look for signs of trouble, such as groups of people loitering in the parking lot or suspicious-looking vehicles. If you see anything that makes you uneasy, it’s best to stay in your car and move on to the next rest stop.

2. Do Not Venture off Alone

Another way to keep you and your family safe is to not venture off alone. Rest stops are often located in remote areas, and if something happens to you, it may be difficult for someone to find you. Stick with a buddy or the group, and make sure someone knows where you are at all times. Secondly, be aware of your surroundings. Take note of who is around you and what they are doing. If you see anything suspicious, make sure to report it to the authorities. Finally, trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. 

3. Park in a Well-Lit Area at Night

Finally, when stopping at a rest stop during your travels, park in a well-lit area when pulling over at night. This will help you see potential threats and also make it easier for others to see you if you need assistance. If possible, park near the entrance of the rest stop so that you can quickly get back on the road, if necessary. You should also avoid leaving valuables in your car where they can be easily seen and taken by thieves. 

Carl’s Wishes You Safe Travels

Whether you’re coming into town for an event or heading out of the city for some fun with the family, Carl’s Van Rentals in Tampa, FL, has you covered! Our lot is full of amazing passenger vans, minivans, and Sprinter vans just waiting for you. Home of the guaranteed reservation, feel confident and secure when you reserve with us. To speak to a representative, call us at (813) 872-7111.