Just curious… did you stay at motels? We’re you worried? What security measures do you run?
Wife and a drove Missouri to Yellowstone last year. Driving Missouri to the Florida Keys coming up.
Although I have about every security setup imaginable (including Ravelco, and portable GPS with geofencing and smart phone alert)…I just can’t get behind taking our 2020 SPWB.
Our 2010 Buick Lacrosses is our interstate traveler.
Curious to hear your thoughts and experience! 🤠
Car break in/theft is a bit of a concern, but not enough to put me off of reasonable road tripping.
I've driven between CA and MO numerous times starting back in the late 1990's to last time was April 2021 (from AR to CA and back). Have driven a VW Golf TDi to my Hellcat. Most expensive car was my 2003 Porsche Turbo which retailed for $119K (but which I bought used at 6 years/10K miles for less than half that, for $57.7K). The Hellcat purchased new cost more than $57.7K.
My security measures are I stay at nice hotels. In nice areas. I like Best Western, Holiday Inn Express. Fairfield, Hampton Inn, Drury Inn, etc. I try to park where the car is under good lighting and is in view of the hotel's CCTV system. If I can arrange to park the car where it is visible from my hotel room so much the better.
Or sometimes my car -- in this case my blue Porsche Boxster -- attracts some "security"....
(Pic taken at Drury Inn Amarillo TX. The LEO vehicles were not there when I pulled in the night before.)
I don't leave anything visible in the cabin.
I am careful to observe the surroundings when I pull into a hotel parking lot and before I get out of the car. Likewise I scope out the situation before I leave the lobby to walk to my car. This is true if I'm on the road 1000 miles from home or at the local Walmart grocery store.
My habit is to avoid touristy areas and parking the car on a dark/lonely street for a dinner at a restaurant. I eat during mid afternoon at a nice restaurant (I have my favs along my routes) and the car is only parked for an hour maybe. And in sight as I eat.
My reasonable pre cautions I mentioned above give me peace of mind. The car is insured. While I would not like to lose it to theft or even have a window smashed it is not the end of the world.
Also, while I have not had any car break ins or thefts I hit some road debris late one night in the middle of nowhere KS and then another time I hit a mule deer in the middle of nowhere NV.
And another time the night before I was due to leave on a road trip in a 4 week old new car my car was hit and ended up being totaled.