I have used CB's since I was a kid, I love them. They are great (unsecured) ways to communicate. Of course, knowing the basics of what not to do helps. Quick Guide to CB Radio | Transwest Blog If you can get your hands on an older base station CB with sideband, that might prove useful. Of course, it adds to your ability to communicate, so I recommend it. The HAM crowd have their own uses, and HAM radio is also worth checking into if not to just own a basic model, to become licensed if that's your cup of tea. But, CB requires no license, lots of people use them, including truckers...and America has a lot of truckers.