Re: #11 — Be honest with yourself: what is the age and condition of your spare tire? Is your spare even serviceable, or is it the one that went flat that you neglected to replace last time? If you don’t know for sure that it’s in really good shape, or even if you don’t know FOR SURE, what makes you think you can count on your spare tire to serve you any better than the damaged/flat tire you may be forced to change out?
Until recently, the full-size “spare” I was carrying BENEATH my 2000 full-size pick-em-up truck (out of sight, out of mind) was the original spare, more than 16 years old…and though it was still partially (mostly) inflated, the sidewalls had clearly deteriorated (dried out and cracked) over the years, and it may not have lasted long on (or off) the road. Look, nobody likes to shell out the money for a brand new tire that, hopefully, will never be needed; but if you’re serious about keeping yourself and your family safe and about being prepared for the hazards of even everyday driving, let alone some SHTF event, it’s necessary insurance, and certainly part of the program. So be honest with yourself…do yourself a favor and check out the condition of your spare tire ASAP…and if, like myself, you are not satisfied (or horrified) by what you find, wait no longer to bite the bullet and replace your old spare tire with a new one.
I have a 1998 Chevy pickup. Have never had a flat or worn out a set of tires but I have replaced them 4 times due to age. I always replace the spare when I do. Yes I replace all 5.
Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this,
like you wrote the book in it or something.
I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is excellent blog.
An excellent read. I’ll definitely be back.
MREs aren’t that bad. They do start to wear on you after a couple months if that’s all you have to eat.
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