While in everyday driving mode, you probably know exactly where you are and where you are going, but what happens if you are in unfamiliar territory…or an emergency happens & you are forced to drive in an unknown route…having a map can truly save you!
Having a GPS/map app on your phone is always a good thing, but because we can’t always rely on electronic technology, a paper map is a good item to have tucked away in your car. Preferably, you should have something like the Roads of _________ (insert state name here – see this example of the Roads of Texas atlas we keep in our cars at all times) that gives detailed maps of most of your state, or at least a good regional map of your area. You can also get local maps and a US map (or your country’s map) from any of the following locations
Where to get road maps for your emergency kits
- Gas Stations
- Tourist Bureaus
- City welcome packets
- Printed off the internet
- Book stores / Big Box Stores
- Travel Agencies/Roadside Assistance – like AAA or your insurance company
Suggestions from readers on the Facebook Page:
- Create your own customized map and have it printed for you.
- City Hall or Utility offices
- Topographical maps from the United States Geological Services
- What’s your suggestion?
Here are some helpful links for maps for your phone:
But please make sure you have a physical map in your get home bag, your emergency car kit or in your glove box. It may seem redundant, but it’s back up of your back up.
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