How well do you know your daily routes? Have you ever been behind the wheel and suddenly realize that you don’t remember the last few miles. Not good!
Switch up the drive home and learn different ways home.
I drove for ‘many’ years over 40 miles each way to my place of employment. Of course I knew the fastest way to get there and back but I liked to vary my route, all the time. In terms of preparedness you don’t necessarily want to take the road most traveled. You sometimes need to know a different way home.
Some days, on my way home when I wasn’t in a hurry, I’d go a mile, then turn right, go another mile, then turn right…. That made for extra time on the route but I learned which roads had issues, where the good bridges and bad bridges were… as well as which roads just flat didn’t go anywhere. BUT, this meant that the next time that traffic was backed up for miles, I’d know a different route home.
Ever have someone behind you for miles and miles…. and even behind you when you turned off onto your main road? What about if they followed you into your neighborhood? Do you go home? Stop for the mail in front of your house or driveway? Or do you continue on? Different ways on different days. Vary your route.
Since I live so far out it rarely happened that someone would be behind me more than a few miles. When I’d pull off the interstate there would be 8-9 or more cars behind me. The first stop sign always saw half of the vehicles turn. The next stop sign I’d loose a few more and that last five miles I was almost always alone on the road. In the few times over the years where someone was still back there…. I just cruised right on past my ‘long driveway’ and continued on. They’d eventually turn and I could circle back. Safety first!
Do you know alternate routes to and from your most traveled locations? Do your kids know different ways home? Take the time to try alternate routes just so you can have peace of mind that you can get home in the event of a giant traffic snarl or other emergency.
Also….. consider getting yourself a current copy of the Rand McNally Road Atlas specific to your state and keep it in your vehicle. That way you can always find a way. (GPS is NOT totally accurate and frequently shows ‘me’ that I’m nowhere as not everything is in your GPS map. AND what if there’s a power outage or cell phone interruption?) Paper wins.
Remember, try alternate routes. Vary your everyday route. Go different ways on different days to help avoid becoming a target.