One time I was auto with an automaker enjoying Angeles Crest Highway and related roads outside of Los Angeles. While the car doesn’t matter for this story, what happened does. After coming around a corner at a reasonable clip I saw a sharp rock a moment too late and hit it with my right front tire. It was small but mighty, causing a puncture in which I had to immediately stop. The car was fine, as was my body, but now I had to deal with a flat tire.
After opening the trunk and looking under the mat, there was no spare tire. Of course not. That’d be too easy. There was tire inflation kit. Since this was a sidewall puncture, a few minutes of futility had me digging for mycellphonee to call for help. Guess what? No cellphone reception.
One of the good humans I was traveling with saw me on the side of the road, stopped, and pulled out a satellite communicator so that he could get someone to bring a spare and get me down from the mountain. While it wasn’t exactly a life saver, if there would’ve been injuries it could very well have been. From then, I saw the value in having a satellite phone or communicator even if I’m not going out into the wilderness.
If you don’t want something like that happening to you, you should have a satellite communicator on board, too. This Garmin inReach Mini is a smoking hot deal and gives you the added protection you want.
At the time of publication the inReach is $299.99 and is weather-resistant, has 90 hours of battery life (24 days in standby), and will be there when you need it. It doesn’t include a satellite plan, but Garmin offer those on a month-to-month or yearly basis, with the most expensive month-to-month being $64.95 a month. But we’d skip that and just opt for the basic plan at $14.95 for one month ($11.95 a month if you commit to a full year)
This is a fantastic sale and something worth having in your trunk, frunk, or glovebox for those canyon jaunts so you can be ready for the unexpected.