Don't go alone and carry an emergency kit suitable for the area you will be traveling.
And I have to ask why the dog is still alive but the son isn't...
"But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." - Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1782
Arguing with a truck driver is like wrestling with a pig in mud, eventually you realize the pig enjoys it.