Myself, girlfriend, her sister and boyfriend are going on a road trip soon. Our itinerary is as follows:
San Francisco to Yosemite
Yosemite to Las Vegas
Las Vegas to Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon to Palm Springs
Palm Springs to San Diego
San Diego to Monterey
Monterey to San Francisco
We will be hiring a car in San Fran and then returning there.
Basically, one of us has driven in the US before but the other three have not. We are quite concerned about doing it. I have looked at all the routes and roads and many of them seem to be isolated and in the middle of nowhere.
We are worried about breaking down, running out of gas, that sort of thing. I just wanted to ask and get some information into how safe it is to drive like this on isolated roads. We will be drving always in day light but we are just worried about returning to civilisation in the event of breaking down, especially in the desert. Are the small towns and isolated areas safe?
I know it may seem like i am worrying too much but it can be quite daunting for first timers. I am basically looking for some advice and some re-assurance.
Thanks in advance.