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Photo: Fast Speeds Imagery (Shutterstock) If you’re lost while hiking, or your car has broken down and you’re stranded on the side of the road, the obvious thing to do is call for help. But what if your battery is low? Please don’t listen to any of those viral posts screaming that you should change your voicemail message. Text a friend instead. According to the “change your voicemail” posts, which pop up during hurricane season or just circulate on their own as advice for hikers, voicemail can be accessed anywhere, anytime, and you can leave a message with your location and safety information so as to get the word out to anybody who might call you. There are a few assumptions here that are only half true, and in any case, you should prioritize about a dozen other things before changing your voicemail. Not only are safety experts begging you not to listen to this advice, I’ve been in a similar situation and run through all the options when they actually matter. As I wrote before , I got lost while hiking. It got dark, and I had almost no battery left. To make matters worse, I had almost no cell signal. In hindsight, I did all the right things—and no, changing my voicemail was not one of them. Send a text Texts require very little battery to send, and very little cell signal to get through. They’ll also keep retrying for a few minutes, even if you didn’t […]