Some people are in transit at any time on the highway. What happens to them?
When an economic collapse happens, a lot of people, who ordinarily use the highways, could end up stuck in traffic jams. It mostly depends upon when any exodus occurs to look for fuel or stock up on supplies. If it happens around rush hour peak periods when people are going to work or coming home, then a lot of people could easily be stuck in the madness of the moment.
Many retirees have a lot of free time and travel based upon whim. They could find themselves stuck behind miles of traffic.
People leave for school or return again when attending a commuter college. School children could be stuck on buses. Day care or elder care often take people on an activity.
Salespeople could be traveling to or from their client and on to the next call.
Real estate agents could be coming or going from a house viewing or an open house.
People attend seminars, and save money on air fare by driving instead.
All of these people are at risk in a dollar collapse due to the supply chain issues. Most will not have any supplies in their car, will be improperly dressed for walking, probably won't have more than $50 on them, won't have maps to know about alternative routes.
In Winter, it is wisdom to have some extra things in the trunk, gas up your vehicle, keep it well maintained, have some supplies, extra money, dress for the weather, have some walking shoes, etc. It's just common sense.
Anyone on the highway in a dollar collapse could be stranded and unable to safely get home. A lot of people are thinking it's no big deal to walk 20 miles. It's true that people can easily walk 20 miles on flat terrain like a road, but think...is the road the best path if things are out of control? Or is it smarter to take alternative side roads, walking a little off the highway, shadow the road by walking through a forest with cover in case there are issues, etc? Walking 20 miles this way is quite a bit more of a physical activity and at the average pace of a seasoned hiker on the Appalachian Trail, and not in the average ability of most Americans. Imagine hiking that way with your grandma or a four year old. You probably will have issues.
What happens if physically challenged? What if you're pregnant and quite far along?
What happens if there's trouble ahead as you're attempting to get home? What happens if challenged? What happens if you witness someone being assaulted? Troubling, isn't it?
Up next: A leader may impose price controls, just as governors impose them in disasters.