States Driving Laws, Truck Stops, Cells, ...
does anyone knows a website where I could find each State driving Law (Don't tell me about statedrivinglaw.com I already know about it and it's not enough unfortunately:). Also, what do you think about truck ttops Frequent Fueler reward program, is it worth it? How much is it approximately for a shower in a truck stop? Do cellulars work in faraway places in the southwest (desert, Nevada, etc.) and if so, what type of cell I would need (tri-mode, etc)
AAA publishes a paperback each year with basic laws for all 50 states (mostly the things that vary most often from state to state). You can probably get one at your local chapter, or maybe even on the internet (or try a library?)
That said, most state's laws are fairly similar -- more than you'd think anyway.
I have standard digital cell phone service with AT&T. It works along most main or interstate highway corridors, but often not too far off of them. Many areas in Nevada, southern Utah, northern AZ, etc, I can't get a signal.
Rand-McNally's US map book also lists specific things one might need to know about driving from state to state. Usually this info has to do with laws about use of rest stops (sleeping or not, etc.) and laws about towing. It might have what you need to know.
I've never bothered with a Frequent Fueler program so I can't comment on that.
My digital cell service is through Verizon. Throughout the west coast, mid-west, and south-west, there have been very vew times where I haven't had service. If I haven't, service is usually picked up just a few miles up the road.
Thank yous and other questions
Thanks for the infos,
I have an AAA membership, so I already checked the few infos in the travel books, but unfortunately they don't give a lot of information...It might be useful anyway, especially for the radar detector laws (which by-the-way are prohibited in Canada where I come from:o(( ) I'll check out for Rand McNally, since I thought of sleeping in my car a lot during my trip, I'd like to know if I could get in trouble first. Does anyone has a special kind of cellular phone that works everywhere?? I can borrow a cellular but I don't want to buy a cb just for roadtrips (As a student I'm a little broke see...:)I'd like to know if temperature during July-August in the South-West will allow me to sleep in my car without being uncomfortable (I bought a tent ventilator, but is that enough?)?
Sleeping in the car/SW
Take Arizona, for example. The terrain here ranges from below sea level (near Yuma) to almost 9,000 feet MSL in the White Mountains. That can mean a 50 degree difference in temperatures, depending on the location -- one reason why almost all of us desert dwellers head NORTH in July and Phoenix becomes a ghost town until September! In the southern deserts, nighttime temps stay over 100 degrees until late in the evening, and do not drop much at all even then. Up north by Flagstaff (140 miles away), it can get cold enough to shiver in your sleeping bag. Tell me where you want to spend your nights (in general or specifically, if you can) and I'll tell you what the average nightly temp is likely to be!
For the cell phone question, maybe you're talking about a satellite phone? Someone else will have more expertise in that kind of thing than I do. Bob