A rest area is a location that is off of major roadways, such as highways and freeways, where motorists can take advantage of the provided services. It is a safer alternative then pulling over to the side of the road when a break from driving is needed. When driving, especially long distances, going to a rest area can be quite beneficial.
A rest area, also known as a rest stop, can offer places to eat, restrooms and a gas station. Usually located in one large building, there is typically several dining establishments that surround a central seating area where customers can eat. Many of these restaurants offer fast food such as hamburgers and fries, which take little time to prepare and can be quickly consumed.
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When stopping at a rest area, you may find that the prices for food are more expensive then if you were to eat at a restaurant of the same name down the block from your home. While it may seem absurd to pay some of these prices, it can be more convenient then to have to wait until you arrive at your destination to eat. In addition, it can also be easier then driving off an exit and looking for a place to eat in an unfamiliar town.
A rest area allows the driver a place where he can stretch his legs and relax for awhile before getting back on the road. In some cases, there is even some grass where owners can walk their dogs on a leash. The patch of grass also gives dogs the opportunity to relieve themselves without doing so in the car.
If you are visiting a rest area, you will typically find tourist information there that could be useful. It can be found in brochures and pamphlets located on an information board that is usually near the main entrance. There may also be an area where you can purchase small guidebooks on the surrounding areas as well.
With all of the people traveling through rest areas every day, it is important to keep a close watch on your belongings, children and pets during your visit. You should never let dogs run without a leash or allow children to wander off alone. In addition, keep your personal belongings on a chair next to you if possible. Taking some simple precautions can keep your visit to a rest area beneficial instead of problematic.