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Long before I had Gabe I was traveling from Charleston, South Carolina, back to Kentucky to visit my family. I was just 18 years old, and it was the first time (and last time) I ran out of gas. It was in early in the evening, and luckily it was still daylight. I didn’t have a car phone with me, and society was just starting to see cell phones. The nearest gas station was miles away, and a couple of guys stopped in a truck to see if I needed help. A North Carolina State Trooper stopped to see why two vehicles were pulled to the side of the road. The female officer told the men that she would help me and sent them on their way. When they pulled out, she took the opportunity to help, but not before (justifiably) chewing me out. She proceeded to tell me how very unsafe it was for me to run out of gas, and that I could have easily been kidnapped or killed by someone who saw me as vulnerable. It was a humiliating experience, but I deserved it. She told me to sit in my car, lock the doors, and wait on her to return with gas. I did as she instructed. When she returned, I thanked her for the gas and I drove straight home. I’ve never forgotten her, or what she said to me that day. I rarely let my gas tank get below 1/4 full, and I try to make sure my car is packed for an emergency. Today, I’m sharing some family road trip planning tips as we prepare for a fall break road trip to Charleston, SC and on to Orlando, FL (don’t tell Gabe, we’re going to Disney World).