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Old 11-22-2012, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Up North
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You know one of those "Dangerous TRUCKERS" your Mother mentioned happens to be my Husband and he and all the other Dangerous Truckers I know are the safest, most protective men on the planet especially with women and children. So before you go on about how dangerous one group of people is you need to realize 99% of the truckers on the road are there to make a living and provide for their families not look for girls they can make some sort of sexual prey. IF you ask nicely a trucker will be more than happy to help you with directions, have you follow him with a trucker behind you down the highway to make sure you stay safe, stop with you at a rest area, and will even escort you to the rest area building and back if you are scared.

You are better off staying home where you feel all safe and secure and don't have to worry about all those dangerous truckers who are doing nothing but driving down the road to their next delivery, making their living, minding their own business and looking forward to being home with their family for the weekend AND they are probably delivering everything YOU USE DAILY.
I wanted to make it clear that I don't feel that way about truckers or anyone, it is my mother's concern.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Up North
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Don't you have a cell phone? You're perfectly safe if you just use common sense. Have a good trip.

Yes, I have a cell. It's MetroPCS service and I think it only has service in or near major cities. When I made the drive last year I had no service in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:13 PM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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Also, you may want to have roadside assistance, whether through AAA, your insurance company or another provider. There is a recent thread about roadside assistance in the automotive section of this forum.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:16 PM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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Motor Club of America is better than AAA
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Western NY
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The tips above are good. In my twenties I drove alone a few times for 10-12 hours, to cities that I hadn't visited before. You'll be fine, especially since you've taken the drive before when you were with others.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Out West
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I really want to go to Florida to visit my mom this winter. I have almost an entire month off of classes and work doesn't start until January 14th.
My classes end on the 10th of December.

I have done this drive twice round trip (4 times total). But I was always with other people.

All of my friends are starting their careers so it will be hard for them to go, I pretty much already know they won't be able to come.

I will also be bringing a 10lb dog.

I'm 23, and will pay for everything on my credit cards and pay it off once I start working.

My mother is worried that on the highway I can be easy prey to sex offender types and she even mentioned truckers being dangerous.

I know flying is better but I'm scared of flying and just don't feel ready to do it yet.
I drove from WA state to CA to TX to FL to ME all on my own. Why wouldn't it be safe? Get a cell phone, have a contact that you can rely on, keep in touch with that contact daily, find out where things are on your route so you aren't completely clueless what is around you, make sure your car is in tip top shape and be on your way.

It's really not as scary as some think it is and even IF you have car troubles, I've found most people are helpful or they just ignore you, than are hard core criminals just looking for someone out there on the freeways to mess with.

As for those dangerous truckers, when I did my coast to coast move, I stayed in rest stops on the truckers side. They didn't mind, and I felt safer. And wouldn't you know, nothing happened. If you have a dog, no one is going to mess with you, don't even worry about it. I drove through the night all the time, again, know what is around you--find this out before you go.
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:00 AM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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One last suggestion ... be sure you have an AAA or similar road service insurance card.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:49 AM
 
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The first red flag is that you plan on financing the trip. There is no guarantee that you'll have a job with enough income to pay it off. This is a foolish thing to do, and will get you into the credit card trap at a young age.

Otherwise it is safe to drive to Florida. If you aren't used to long distance driving, split it into a couple of days. Drive to Emporia, VA the first day,. it's a safe place to stop for the night and there is a clean and safe Hampton Inn there just off of I-95.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:47 AM
 
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For ANY traveler; a CB radio may be worth considering. $50 bucks will get you a decent one; even a hand-held might be sufficient. Granted, there's a few morons that get on the CB radio. But it can be invaluable to let you know about traffic backups. And most of us truckers would be happy to take a traveler under our "wing". ThreeWolves in Snow, the only issue I have with cars parking on the truck side of rest areas is that truck parking is VERY scarce in most parts of the country. PLEASE don't park on the truck side unless you are in the largest U Haul-type truck and/or pulling a trailer. Have a great trip!
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Up North
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Thanks everyone! I'm feeling much better about making the trip.

One more concern:

What about winter road conditions? I have never drove in horrible winter conditions? What happens if highways ice over? Will they this year?


Threewolvesinsnow: That is amazing! All of those road trips sound like a blast. Do you have an SUV or did you do it all in a regular car?
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