Backroads are secondary paths connecting off main roads, they are usually found in rural areas and can be paved or unpaved. Depending on the location, this type of roads may have different environment factors such as erosion, weather conditions, wildlife and safety […]
Backroads are secondary paths connecting off main roads, they are usually found in rural areas and can be paved or unpaved. Depending on the location, this type of roads may have different environment factors such as erosion, weather conditions, wildlife and safety standards that can put you, the traveler, in danger.
Backroads can be the most beautiful and scenic routes for travel. Historic highways, sideroads and National Byways can provide an exciting and new experience that you just can’t experience anywhere else. It’s important to consider the potential threats during these road trips know the right tools to confident and safe travel.
Travel & Navigation
In this age we have become so reliant on cell phones and GPS systems to navigate us, most cannot imagine driving without these devices. So, what happens if there’s no service? What about technical errors? Or you lose your phone, or it runs out of battery? These can be scary situations, especially in places you don’t know with limited amount of resources.
Always keep a paper map on hand and a compass to know where you are in the case technology fails. There are handy atlas’s available with detailed information and resources to have during travel.
You see a lot of signs while driving along the highway about falling rocks. It’s important to also consider the effects after they fall. Often rocks, dirt and debris will fall from a steep cliff and create obstacles or rough terrain to the road.
You can prepare for these incidents by maintaining a shovel, which is also good for handling large snowfalls. A tow strap can also be handy for moving large objects out of the way.
Long Roads, Little Civilization
There are spans of backroads without towns or people for hundreds of miles. Take this into consideration with things like eating, drinking, needing gas, going to the bathroom or needing a safe place to stay for the night.
When planning prior to the trip take note of nearby towns, gas stations and rest stops. Similar to the navigation key, it is resourceful to have a paper map or atlas on hand to have knowledge of your surroundings.
We’ve all heard a noise coming from the car while driving that scares the absolute daylights out of us. It’s especially frightening if there are nonideal weather conditions, you’re somewhere you don’t know, you low phone service or don’t have the tools to fix it yourself. Maintain care for your vehicle throughout your trip and keep track of your tire pressure and fluid levels.
Depending on your location, your insurance may have a towing service able to help you in an emergency. It is also handy to carry a can of Fix-a-Flat and a repair kit to do any repairs yourself. Check out the owner’s manual in the case you are using a rental or are not familiar with the vehicle’s mechanisms.
Stuck & Stranded
Your vehicle gets stuck deep in the mud or you are in the middle of nowhere and your car won’t start, what do you do in the situation you’re stuck and stranded? You can prepare for these situations by having the right supplies.
An extra set of clothes, blanket, flashlight, spare cash, water and snacks can be a life saver in these situations. It’s also good to have quality winter tires to prevent from any weather-related incidents.
Hikers, Bikers & Bears! Oh My!
It’s important to consider your surroundings while driving along the road full speed. Many other adventurers may be hitting the road on bikes, motorcycles or by foot so make sure you are staying alert. Roads provide warmth for animals during the cold at night, be careful driving in dark and bad weather conditions that could prevent you from seeing animals along the road.
Having good bumpers on your vehicle can increase your visibility so animals and people can spot you earlier.
It’s important to be prepared and carry insights to avoid emergencies or fear during your backroad trip. Stay safe while going on your big adventure. Here’s a list to the best backroads by state in the United States.