What You Need to Know About Rest Stops

Have you ever stopped at a rest stop that you just didn’t feel good about?  Maybe it looked a little seedy, but you had to stop there out of necessity. Here’s what you need to know the next time you have to stop at a rest stop.

Why Stopping at a Rest Stop Could Be Bad

Unfortunately, rest stops are a breeding ground for the following:

  • Thieves (robberies and breaking into vehicles)
  • Prostitution
  • Drug Dealers
  • Vandalism
  • Unclean Facilities

 Try Investing In a Rest Stop App

This rest stop app could help drivers filter out the rest stops they don’t want to stop at by being able to choose what they need from the rest stop. Other useful features include:

  • Simplicity
  • Innovative technology, while keeping simplicity
  • Gives helpful advice on road trip planning, driving, and navigating all on one app
  • Utilizes actual data and filters through it to avoid out of date information

This innovative tool could make all the difference in finding a safe place to stop for the night.

Scope the Place Out

If the stop looks like a place you would see in a horror movie, it would probably be best to avoid it. However, sometimes it could be a last resort. If you absolutely have to stay there, take note of its name and some kind of landmark, just in case authorities need to be called.

Avoid Loiterers

If someone is hanging out in the parking lot of a rest stop without an agenda (phone call, cigarette, etc.), there is a chance that they may have malicious intent. They could be out to steal, turn a trick, or initiate a drug deal. Try to spend as little time in the parking lot as you can.

Keep Your Valuables on Your Person

If you take your valuables out of your car and keep them on your person, the person attempting to rob your car won’t get anything of value. To avoid a mugging, stay out of the parking lot as much as you can.


Knowing how to handle stopping in a dangerous looking area, could provide a little bit of a safety net for people to avoid some of the dangers of the road, especially those who built a career on it.  Being able to weed out seedy rest stops is just the tip of the iceberg.

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