My son and I learned a valuable lesson about cell phones in a car this fall. We left to make a trip to Frankfort (which is probably 100 or more miles away) to obtain a birth certificate copy. Outside Lexington we hit a construction area and picked up a nail having a flat. Under ordinary conditions that wouldn't have been so bad. He'd not had the car very long and the lug piece to take off the tire was back in our hometown at the dealership.
Bless his heart he walked 5 miles to an interstate exit to use a phone and called his brother. As it turned out the dealer (who's a friend) sent the piece by his wife to us as she was coming that way. This was a 5 hour ordeal and could have been handled lots easier by calling from a car. TWO lessons were learned from this experience.
(1) Cell phones are a valuable service when traveling.
(2) ALWAYS trust your instincts. As we left town I thought of stopping to pick up the piece from the dealer, but you know how kids think Moms worry too much so I let it slide. We own a Trac Phone and now if I know one of the family is traveling a long distance, I insist that they purchase a $20 card for safety sake. Trac phones are not that expensive. Walmart sells them and a little airtime goes a long way if left to be used only in emergency cases.