Wed
Dec 6 2006
09:07 pm
Yes (specify what you carry in comments)
52% (47 votes)
No
48% (43 votes)
Total votes: 90
exhelodrvr's picture

Lug nuts

I used to have problems with lug nuts put on by a mechanic, but figured out that stomping on the end of the wrench gives enough torque to get the tough ones off.

JIMPV's picture

Emergency equipment

Most jacks that are supplied by auto companies are not very good. Many years ago I added a small trolley jack to my travel kit that has proven very useful. It has helped me, and others, many times.
The one I have is from Sears, costs about $40., capacity 2 tons, and comes in its own plastic case. It is great for changing tires. It may seem to be overkill, but I have seen situations where it really saved the day.

Les Jones's picture

And the lug wrenches are worse

Ever tried to remove lug nuts that have been torqued on with an air wrench? I have, and I couldn't do it with the tiny lug wrench that came with the car. Luckily somebody came along with one of the big cross-type lug wrenches. I bought a smaller version to keep in the trunk.


Hey, Les, why don't we just call each other assholes and get it over with. - Somebody on the old Southknoxbubba.net (if that was you, claim your quote and win net.fame!)

metulj's picture

Three Foot

Piece of Steel Pipe. Excellent for leverage and other more sublime uses.

True happiness is knowing you are a hypocrite. -- Ivor Cutler

Eleanor A's picture

Long, extendable windshield

Long, extendable windshield scraper. Suitable for picking up snakes and other critters, when I'm tryin' to git 'em out of the roadway.

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Jeanne's picture

shingles

I have a blanket, flashlight and a good book. When I lived up north I always carried a couple of roofing shingles also. Nothing better (or easier) for traction when stuck in snow.

metulj - run away with me? ;-)

metulj's picture

metulj - run away with me?

metulj - run away with me? ;-)

Taken, Jeanne. Very taken. Though she has given me the Algonquin name "Laughs at own jokes." Her's is "Gets with Child."

True happiness is knowing you are a hypocrite. -- Ivor Cutler

talidapali's picture

A blanket is all right now,

A blanket is all right now, but I don't go much of anywhere. for longer trips I add water and things like PB cracker packs and candy bars, especially when I know that the weather could turn bad.

"You can't fix stupid..." ~ Ron White"

Brian A.'s picture

Shovels?

I'm not thinking of many scenarios where an extra shovel would be handy. I'm surprised so many people carry them. Why?

Brian A.
I'd rather be cycling.

R. Neal's picture

* Dig a tire out of the

* Dig a tire out of the mud/snow/sand.
* Dig a "relief" pit.
* Dig a trash pit.
* Dig a fire pit.
* Bury roadkill.
* Roast roadkill (or fry an egg) over a fire.
* Chop off a copperhead's head
* Bonk bears in the head.
* Bonk drunk rednecks in the head.

A shovel is pretty handy, actually.

R. Neal's picture

A few years back we bought

A few years back we bought some new Michelin tires and they had a promotion going with a free roadside emergency kit. It's a really nice kit, but I only take it on long trips.

It has a flourescent light with red/yellow emergency flashers, road reflectors, jumper cables, hand tools (pliers, screwdrivers) lug wrench with sockets of various sizes, a first aid kit, and an air pump/inflator you can plug into the cigarette lighter (we use this all the time for wagon tires, bicycle tires, etc., and recently loaned it to a friend who had a flat - it's been about the handiest thing in the kit.) It all fits in a briefcase size carrying case.

redmondkr's picture

I just got a call from a

I just got a call from a trucker friend asking me to take a look at the Intellicast radar. He says he is hearing reports of an inch of ice on the roads around Cincinnati and he is northbound.

Time to check the stash of bread and milk?

R. Neal's picture

Brittney at Nashville is

Brittney at Nashville is Talking says it is snowing over there. The weather forecast calls for low teens here tonight and scattered snow.

Eleanor A's picture

I admit I Snoopy danced a

I admit I Snoopy danced a little today when I woke up to snow. It's quit now, however...

That roadside kit sounds like a great holiday suggestion. Problem is, the only major gift left on my list is someone who lives in the NYC MTSA and doesn't have a car. Darnit. (I'm thinking about an Ipod loaded up with her favorite tunes...something any subway-rider could use.)

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CathyMcCaughan's picture

in our van

A milk crate in the back of the van contains: A hefty trashbag, several towels, first aid kit, diaper, wipes, a pacifier, bottled water, air pump, bungee cords and a dog leash.

bizgrrl's picture

Of course you must have a

Of course you must have a towel (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).

We always have a blanket or quilt.

Otherwise, what we carry for survival depends on where we are going or what we are doing.

Travel in Mountainous areas subject to harsh conditions suggests more gear than traveling in urban areas with fairly easy access to civilization.

Hurricane-prone Florida travel supplies:
Puppy supplies (food, medicine, instructions, contact info, vet info)
Water
Dry snacks, simple canned goods (Vienna sausage, etc.)
First aid kit
Auto emergency kit (jumper cables, flares, etc.)
Extra clothes
Blanket
Towel
Walking shoes
Full tank of gas
Credit card
Cell phone (not that it will work)

Additional Supplies for Western Mountains prone to snow and ice:
Long johns
Heavy coat
Boots

Wilderness camping in East Tennessee:
Pistola

Note, if you take a side trip to a desert terrain (Nevada, Arizona, California, etc.), take lots of water.

SayUncle's picture

My list turned into a blog

My list turned into a blog entry.

---
SayUncle
Can't we all just get a long gun?

Les Jones's picture

We keep all-in-one roadside

We keep all-in-one roadside emergency kits in the cars. They came pre-packaged with battery cables, tow cables, tire inflater, some tools, gloves, ponchos, etc. I added duct tape and chemical warmers to the mix.

Both cars also have rudimentary first aid supplies, a Victorinox SwissTool, good flashlight, spare batteries, oil, and brake fluid. My car has a shovel, blanket, fire extinguisher, and winter clothing.

Except for the SwissTools none of it was very expensive. The flashlights were about $30 each, and the kits about the same. The blanket and winter clothes are oldies that were due to be thrown away. Other things were accumulated here and there.

I feel bad for that family. There will be a lot of second guessing, but it sounds like they did a lot of things right and managed to survive for a long time.

Hey, Les, why don't we just call each other assholes and get it over with. - Somebody on the old Southknoxbubba.net (if that was you, claim your quote and win net.fame!)

Eleanor A's picture

I'm thinking seriously about

I'm thinking seriously about buying a satellite phone. Due to a few circumstances I spend a fair amount of time out of cell phone tower range...it'd be nice to have a backup. (I'm thinking about Globalstar...)

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jah's picture

Nada

I got nothing, I didn't run out and get water bottles before 12/31/99, and I don't run to the store when it snows.

metulj's picture

Survival kit contents check.

Survival kit contents check. In them you'll find: one 45 caliber automatic, two boxes of ammunition, four days concentrated emergency rations, one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills, one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible, one hundred dollars in rubles, one hundred in gold, nine packs of chewing gum, one issue of prophylactics, three lipsticks, three pairs of nylon stockings. Shoot! A fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.

True happiness is knowing you are a hypocrite. -- Ivor Cutler

metulj's picture

Seriously

I keep a shovel, a blanket, powerbars, drinkable water, first aid kit and a set of tools (flashlight included) in the Bomber. Winter sees chains added to the kit as well as a bag of sand.

True happiness is knowing you are a hypocrite. -- Ivor Cutler

JaHu's picture

Uh...

Do condoms count?
If so, I guess I need to change my vote from no to... aah... who am I kidding? I'll still have to vote no.

Adrift in the Sea of Humility

Thomas Nephew's picture

Red Cross kit: first aid,

Red Cross kit: first aid, thermal blanket, flashlight, etc.

Andy Axel's picture

Thermal blankets,

Thermal blankets, pick/shovel, first aid kit, couple days of energy bars, GPS, flares.

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Stan G's picture

Submitted by Andy Axel on

Submitted by Andy Axel on Wed, 2006/12/06 - 9:30pm.
Thermal blankets, pick/shovel, first aid kit, couple days of energy bars, GPS, flares.

Have heard horror stories about Nashville commutes but didn't realize it was quite that bad. Then again, that would be considered less than adequate in Knoxville once the third snowflake hits the ground.

Suggest you add a few rolls of TP.

Andy Axel's picture

I should have specified -- I

I should have specified -- I carry it when I need to carry it. Road trips, etc.

Not really necessary for the daily commute.

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Brian A.'s picture

Question prompted by James Kim tragedy

I'm currently not carrying anything that would be of help if I was stranded, other than extra water.

Brian A.
I'd rather be cycling.

Socialist With A Gold Card's picture

I have a first aid kit, but

I have a first aid kit, but I don't think that counts. I believe you might have been referring to life-sustaining things like emergency rations of beer.

--Socialist With A Gold Card



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