Since the early 1950s, rest stops have been a crucial part of the Interstate Highway System in the United States. People coming and going from their Florida vacations utilize our state’s rest stops all the time. However, not every rest stop can be trusted. While you may feel safe on the road while traveling in your van from Carl’s Van Rentals, you can never be too prepared for safety at a rest stop. So, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind on your next Florida road trip.

3 Rest Stop Safety Tips

1. Pick a Well-Lit Area to Park

When you pull into a rest stop at night, you want to make sure you park under the street lights or anywhere there’s extra lighting. Lighting is a great crime deterrent, and staying away from the dark peripheries of the park can ensure you stay safe. Parking where it’s well-lit will also help you see your surroundings better and take note of who’s around. While highway patrol officers are often nearby, you shouldn’t take your chances by parking where you can’t see or be seen. 

2. Don’t Spend the Night

We know that long days of travel can leave everyone in your van tired and ready for a good night’s rest. However, it would be best if you didn’t plan to stay the night at a rest stop. While it’s free to park and use the facilities, it’s not necessarily safe to roll the dice on a free night at the rest stop. Instead, if you’re trying to avoid hotels, look for campgrounds or state parks along your route that allow you to park and catch up on some sleep. 

3. Lock the Doors

Even if you’re running in for a quick break or just stretching your legs, you should always lock your car doors when exiting your vehicle. Cars and vans are stolen from rest stops all the time, and this can really ruin your Florida vacation. Even if you have kids in the car or a spouse hanging back, you should lock the doors to keep them safe. You should also never leave valuables like wallets, cell phones, and tablets in the van, no matter how quick your stop is. It’s always best to take these items with you. 

Reserve Your Rental Today

Getting to your Orlando, FL, destination safely is our No. 1 priority. That’s why we pride ourselves on offering high-quality, well-maintained minivans, minibuses, and 8-passenger vans. Just remember to lock your doors, don’t sleep in your van, and park in areas that are well-lit when resting along your route. To request a quote from Carl’s Van Rentals for your next trip or vacation, give us a call at (407) 856-8866