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5 Tips for Choosing Safe Rest Stops


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Choose Your Stop Carefully
At night, you'd be safer using the bathroom at a gas station.
At night, you'd be safer using the bathroom at a gas station.
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While crime can occur at any time of day, a rest area is most dangerous after the sun goes down, especially if it's isolated and empty. If you're traveling alone at night, it might be a good idea to visit a staffed facility like a fast-food restaurant or a convenience store instead of a rest area. If you want to know how safe a rest area is before you visit it, there are a limited number of resources available to help you plan your trip. One such book is the "Interstate Travel Guide," a directory of America's rest stops that, among other details, employ onsite security.