The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 6 (SUNDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency, or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, or spending any money for the entire 7 days! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

You have decided to take a pleasant Sunday afternoon drive to enjoy the scenery of the changing leaves. However, a little while into your drive disaster strikes. One of your tires has a blow-out and you are in an area with no cell phone service. To make matters worse your battery died too and it is a full hour before someone arrives to help give you a jump.


Today’s Tasks:

  • Take a drive with your family or a friend or two
  • Change your car’s tire out on the side of the road (view tutorial)
  • Wait for one hour in your vehicle with the engine turned off (it’s dead remember).
  • You and your other car passengers must be entertained, kept warm/cool, and given a snack and a drink.
  • You must have jumper cables in your car to charge your battery.
  • If you have children of driving age, give them a lesson on how to change a tire and make them practice it at least once

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • For women, you must change the tire yourself. No cheating and getting your husband to do it.
  • You can’t call roadside service because you are in a dead cell phone area.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Wait in your car for 3 hours instead of 1, and make it during a meal time.
  • While changing the tire you accidentally locked your keys in the car. Can you pick the lock?

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.
How long would you have lasted under these conditions?

 


Make sure your fill out today’s Report Card to see how well you did, to keep track of areas you can improve, to remember things you need to do, and things you need to buy. Use the data to make a game plan to take you to the next level of preparedness, whatever that may be.

  • Dee

    I know this comment is two months behind, but it’s been a bit crazy. Sunday morning we woke up, got ready and headed off to church about 1/2 early (it’s a bit of a drive, and we like to be early). Something didn’t sound right, so I opened my door and sure enough– a flat tire! We turned around and went home to change it. The husband changed it (in his suit + white shirt) with me helping quite a bit and we got it changed just as our friends came to rescue us. When I decided to peek at my email before Sunday School, I laughed so hard! I was sort of a party pooper when it came to playing along (using a new move as my excuse), but I was reminded that sometimes you don’t get to “play along” because the emergency is real life and I need to be prepared!

  • TK

    Sunday was a really bad day for us, but I took the time to check the vehicles. One had the jumper cables borrowed and not returned. Only a few blocks from home and it started surging so we doubled back… the battery IS dead now, won’t take a charge and needs to be replaced. I can and have changed tires on this and others so didn’t go out again on the challenge.

    Entertainment would not be a problem. LOL We always can find something to talk about. I also have puzzles and books too. The fluid situation does need to be improved, especially if we had a car full. Have my sights on a few stainless steel bottles to buy on next payday. Munchies were available.

    Now for the “picking the lock”… I have no idea how to pick a lock. However have used a coat hanger or crawled through the trunk into the backseat to gain access. A spare key in one of our pockets would have done the job too.

    In the past we have been stranded three hours on the side of the road. (Tire came off trailer and bounced down the field in front of us.) Fortunately there were munchies and sodas to ration. It was a HOT, LONG wait.

  • http://www.itsjusttoorandom.blogspot.com Gh26

    LOL I had to share as my only issue with putting this much stuff in the back of my car to be prepared – means less space to put all my shopping!! LOL

  • Lynne

    Interestingly enough we had a challenge similar to this about 29 years ago. We were moving from Michigan to Arizona in June. We left albequerque New Mexico and were heading for Flagstaff ARizona on the interstate. WE had a flat tire. We had to unload the back of the car and wait while my husband changed the tire. I was in charge of our five kids ages 18 month to 7 years. I had to keep them busy while he changed the tire. We took off and about 1 1/2 hours out of Phoenix we blew another tire. We were stuck in the car without being able to change it for over an hour. Finally a good hearted man loaned us a tire and we headed to the place where we could return his tire and get new tires. We had one tire, water, food and activities. We were welcomed to arizona in heat that was over 110 and we spent a lot of time out in it. We survived and are still here 29 years later. We had no cell phones, we had no service if we would have had cell phones and no highway patrol or any other police officer passed us during this time.
    I have changed several tires when they have blown on the way to sporting events for my kids. I would have a very hard time changing the tire on my 12 passenger van that has 16 inch wheels. They are really heavy.
    I am going to prepare go bags that are to be grabbed everytime we walk out the door. This way I will always have extra food and water and an activity. I think I will make these for my kids for Christmas.
    We don’t have jumper cables in our main car because we have a battery charger that can also be used to jump start the car. We do have them in the other cars in our home though.
    These challenges are great and I want to do them with my married children so that they can find out how prepared they are.
    Thanks again for these reminders through the challenges. They are so very helpful.

  • Lynne

    Interestingly enough we had a challenge similar to this about 29 years ago. We were moving from Michigan to Arizona in June. We left albequerque New Mexico and were heading for Flagstaff ARizona on the interstate. WE had a flat tire. We had to unload the back of the car and wait while my husband changed the tire. I was in charge of our five kids ages 18 month to 7 years. I had to keep them busy while he changed the tire. We took off and about 1 1/2 hours out of Phoenix we blew another tire. We were stuck in the car without being able to change it for over an hour. Finally a good hearted man loaned us a tire and we headed to the place where we could return his tire and get new tires. We had one tire, water, food and activities. We were welcomed to arizona in heat that was over 110 and we spent a lot of time out in it. We survived and are still here 29 years later. We had no cell phones, we had no service if we would have had cell phones and no highway patrol or any other police officer passed us during this time.
    I have changed several tires when they have blown on the way to sporting events for my kids. I would have a very hard time changing the tire on my 12 passenger van that has 16 inch wheels. They are really heavy.
    I am going to prepare go bags that are to be grabbed everytime we walk out the door. This way I will always have extra food and water and an activity. I think I will make these for my kids for Christmas.
    We don’t have jumper cables in our main car because we have a battery charger that can also be used to jump start the car. We do have them in the other cars in our home though.
    These challenges are great and I want to do them with my married children so that they can find out how prepared they are.
    Thanks again for these reminders through the challenges. They are so very helpful.

  • emzwee

    We’ve been hit or miss with the challenges this week. Its been a busy day, so no time to actually perform the task, but we did go check the car to see. Turns out we have a jack, spare tire, jumper cables, water, blankets, and currently food (although that’s not on purpose) but we’re missing a lug wrench. Thanks for the challenge so I don’t actually get stranded without it!

  • emzwee

    We’ve been hit or miss with the challenges this week. Its been a busy day, so no time to actually perform the task, but we did go check the car to see. Turns out we have a jack, spare tire, jumper cables, water, blankets, and currently food (although that’s not on purpose) but we’re missing a lug wrench. Thanks for the challenge so I don’t actually get stranded without it!

  • Lianne

    Just an additional thought….wish I had my grandads old citreon….no need for a jack for that, his car had buttons you could push to stabilise the car and lift the wheel in one corner of the car for changeing…lovely car!
    Also I would love to know what others keep in their boots for emergency’s: I have a mini BOB with:
    Multitool
    Knife
    Emergency blankets
    bottle water
    ration bars
    snacks
    change of clothes for each of us…including extra jumpers
    emergency poncho raincoats
    windup radio/torch/alarm x 2 (one has a flashing red light setting)
    whistle
    fishing line and hooks
    hammock (net type)
    pair of pantyhose (cam belt!)
    clear plastic sheet (emergency windsheild)
    Jumper cables
    the usual car jack etc, etc
    lever iron
    pack of cards
    compass
    local map and NZ map book
    first aid kit and book
    towel and shammy
    wiper blades
    sas survival handbook
    ….think thats everything :) you can see why I dont want to add anymore weight to the car. I dont keep cash or other valuables in the car except for whats in my handbag or bumbag.

  • Lianne

    Happy birthday to you both :)

  • Lianne

    Assuming I’ve already got the boot open (to change the tire) getting access to the car isnt such a problem…..with the tools I have in the boot I could unscrew the backseat and crawl through into the car or I could pop the lock with the binding tape (firm plastic stuff)! If not I would flag a passing motorist for a hanger or similar to do the job (sometimes I wish I still had my first car…I could unlock and start the car wiuth a pocket knife or screwdriver).
    Unfortunately when I checked on the jumper cables I discovered that my hubby had lent them to a colleague who hadnt returned them…..this could have left us stranded…grrrrr. Although before we got the cables I left the lights on one day and we had to push start the car (hubby and I have both had alot of experience with this…lol).
    Changing and rotating tires….not a prob.
    Feeding and watering the family…again not a prob, I have a small emergency bag in the boot with everything I would need for this….ration bars, gingernuts (for car sickness) and barley sugars and also mints in the glovebox. Plenty of water in the boot 6litres (I dont carry more than this because the extra weight increases the car’s fuel consumption), we also carry a bottle of chilled with each of us everytime we leave the house.

    • Lianne

      Just an additional thought….wish I had my grandads old citreon….no need for a jack for that, his car had buttons you could push to stabilise the car and lift the wheel in one corner of the car for changeing…lovely car!
      Also I would love to know what others keep in their boots for emergency’s: I have a mini BOB with:
      Multitool
      Knife
      Emergency blankets
      bottle water
      ration bars
      snacks
      change of clothes for each of us…including extra jumpers
      emergency poncho raincoats
      windup radio/torch/alarm x 2 (one has a flashing red light setting)
      whistle
      fishing line and hooks
      hammock (net type)
      pair of pantyhose (cam belt!)
      clear plastic sheet (emergency windsheild)
      Jumper cables
      the usual car jack etc, etc
      lever iron
      pack of cards
      compass
      local map and NZ map book
      first aid kit and book
      towel and shammy
      wiper blades
      sas survival handbook
      ….think thats everything :) you can see why I dont want to add anymore weight to the car. I dont keep cash or other valuables in the car except for whats in my handbag or bumbag.

  • Lianne

    Assuming I’ve already got the boot open (to change the tire) getting access to the car isnt such a problem…..with the tools I have in the boot I could unscrew the backseat and crawl through into the car or I could pop the lock with the binding tape (firm plastic stuff)! If not I would flag a passing motorist for a hanger or similar to do the job (sometimes I wish I still had my first car…I could unlock and start the car wiuth a pocket knife or screwdriver).
    Unfortunately when I checked on the jumper cables I discovered that my hubby had lent them to a colleague who hadnt returned them…..this could have left us stranded…grrrrr. Although before we got the cables I left the lights on one day and we had to push start the car (hubby and I have both had alot of experience with this…lol).
    Changing and rotating tires….not a prob.
    Feeding and watering the family…again not a prob, I have a small emergency bag in the boot with everything I would need for this….ration bars, gingernuts (for car sickness) and barley sugars and also mints in the glovebox. Plenty of water in the boot 6litres (I dont carry more than this because the extra weight increases the car’s fuel consumption), we also carry a bottle of chilled with each of us everytime we leave the house.

  • Kelli

    I hate to say it, but I would NOT be prepared for this one! I have to sit this one out, because I am having a baby on Tuesday and the thought of trying to get the tire out of the SUV is just giving me contractions!!! lol. I need to put a few for snacks and water in the car for such an emergency. I have a 3 yr. old, 2 yr. old twins and baby 4 coming this week. This week has really put things in perspective for me! I thought I was pretty good with my food storage, but I really could be a lot better.

  • Kelli

    I hate to say it, but I would NOT be prepared for this one! I have to sit this one out, because I am having a baby on Tuesday and the thought of trying to get the tire out of the SUV is just giving me contractions!!! lol. I need to put a few for snacks and water in the car for such an emergency. I have a 3 yr. old, 2 yr. old twins and baby 4 coming this week. This week has really put things in perspective for me! I thought I was pretty good with my food storage, but I really could be a lot better.

  • Fourinohio

    Great tip! Or get one of the little boxes that hooks to the underside of your car, to keep a key in. I’m one of those moms that actually was locked out of the car, with my babies inside!! Not worth the stress, when you can just make an extra key!!

  • Katie

    Just a tip, instead of having to pick the lock of your car (how many of us can realistically do that?) My husband keeps spare keys to our cars in his wallet. That way if he locks his keys in, he just pulls out his wallet and gets them out. It’s a lot less stressful than trying to do the old coat hanger trick, and a lot cheaper than calling a pro in.

    • Fourinohio

      Great tip! Or get one of the little boxes that hooks to the underside of your car, to keep a key in. I’m one of those moms that actually was locked out of the car, with my babies inside!! Not worth the stress, when you can just make an extra key!!

  • Katie

    Just a tip, instead of having to pick the lock of your car (how many of us can realistically do that?) My husband keeps spare keys to our cars in his wallet. That way if he locks his keys in, he just pulls out his wallet and gets them out. It’s a lot less stressful than trying to do the old coat hanger trick, and a lot cheaper than calling a pro in.

  • Chris Valarie

    I wanna know how in the world you are getting your ideas? It seems like you have a window to my life right now! We were at church and my husband and I had just made an appointment with Bishop and we walked out and our car battery was dead and I couldnt get cell service right there even being IN TOWN! We didnt want to disrupt Priesthood so we had to borrow my moms car to transport everyone home over 2 car trips and we were explaining to the kids “See this is why you have an emergency car repair kit and food and water in your car just incase this had happened where we couldnt get help for more than an hour or so aren’t you kids glad the Prophet and Hevenly Father has told us to be prepared for the unexpected?” It was not only a great preparation lesson and test but a scripture teaching too now I have FHE lesson to prepare tonight on just this subject! Thank you!

  • Chris Valarie

    I wanna know how in the world you are getting your ideas? It seems like you have a window to my life right now! We were at church and my husband and I had just made an appointment with Bishop and we walked out and our car battery was dead and I couldnt get cell service right there even being IN TOWN! We didnt want to disrupt Priesthood so we had to borrow my moms car to transport everyone home over 2 car trips and we were explaining to the kids “See this is why you have an emergency car repair kit and food and water in your car just incase this had happened where we couldnt get help for more than an hour or so aren’t you kids glad the Prophet and Hevenly Father has told us to be prepared for the unexpected?” It was not only a great preparation lesson and test but a scripture teaching too now I have FHE lesson to prepare tonight on just this subject! Thank you!

  • Patti R

    Oh, I am in trouble on this one. I have made sure that the grown children have gotten the emergency car kits (after Christmas Clearance), but not me. Duh! With having hubby in one town for work and now traveling between two houses even more, I always take water for ever one. I really should take more. I do snacks, but not if I am the only one. I could jump a battery, if the cables were in my car. Which they aren’t. Not sure where they are. I might be able to get the lug nuts off, but not sure I would get them back on tight enough. I have fibro. I would not do good. I guess I will get hubby on a Saturday to teach us this all and let us try for ourselves. Won’t do it today as it is the Sabbath. This exercise in thinking these challenges has been great. I am seeing were I lacking. Thank you, thank you. Love this. Will try and do this challenge ever year.

  • Patti R

    Oh, I am in trouble on this one. I have made sure that the grown children have gotten the emergency car kits (after Christmas Clearance), but not me. Duh! With having hubby in one town for work and now traveling between two houses even more, I always take water for ever one. I really should take more. I do snacks, but not if I am the only one. I could jump a battery, if the cables were in my car. Which they aren’t. Not sure where they are. I might be able to get the lug nuts off, but not sure I would get them back on tight enough. I have fibro. I would not do good. I guess I will get hubby on a Saturday to teach us this all and let us try for ourselves. Won’t do it today as it is the Sabbath. This exercise in thinking these challenges has been great. I am seeing were I lacking. Thank you, thank you. Love this. Will try and do this challenge ever year.

  • kdonat

    Nicole, Walgreen’s has stainless steel SubZero water bottles on sale 3 for $10 about every 3-4 months. I purchase 3 at a time for car water storage (tropical Florida). I have also given them as gifts along with an emergency blanket and Mainstay food bars for friends that need a nudge to prepare. Some come with dual tops (flip top and screwdown) and a handy belt clip. Great bargain!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DY2ZPRGVMI2FKJ6TD223OOUOZU M

    it’s my bday too! happy bday!

  • Gh26

    I’m not playing today because it’s my birthday!!! :) Nothing bad is allowed to happen on my birthday – Ever! LOL I do know though, that I can change a car tyre. I drive 64 mile round trip each day to go to work and its all down country lanes and many times I’ve been stranded in the dark. I have a kit in my car with all kinds of stuff in to keep me safe from food and drink through to blankets etc and things to keep me entertained. I did realise today that I havent got a mobile charger in my car – I need to get one of those

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DY2ZPRGVMI2FKJ6TD223OOUOZU M

      it’s my bday too! happy bday!

      • Lianne

        Happy birthday to you both :)

        • Gh26

          Thanks Lianne!

      • http://www.itsjusttoorandom.blogspot.com Gh26

        Happy birthday M – hope you had a great day!

  • Gh26

    I’m not playing today because it’s my birthday!!! :) Nothing bad is allowed to happen on my birthday – Ever! LOL I do know though, that I can change a car tyre. I drive 64 mile round trip each day to go to work and its all down country lanes and many times I’ve been stranded in the dark. I have a kit in my car with all kinds of stuff in to keep me safe from food and drink through to blankets etc and things to keep me entertained. I did realise today that I havent got a mobile charger in my car – I need to get one of those

  • Teri

    I cannot participate in today’s challenge as I will be having guests over this afternoon for my granddaughter’s birthday but if I were to take the drive with my family fortunately for me if I did get a flat tire I know how to change the flat. That was a requirement before I could get my driver’s license at the age of 16 (I am now 48 y/o). I still know how to change a tire from numerous years of practice (and I have taught both my son and daughter how to change a flat tire as well – and they have). However, as for the battery being dead that isn’t a problem either. About 4 years as Christmas gifts I gave my son and daughter, as well as myself, an ingenious devious called a Mighty Mite which I keep in my vehicle at all times and is always charged. It is a battery jumper so that you do not have to rely on anyone else for assistance. It is a single parent (meaning mother) best line of defense when going on family vacations. If something happens I did not need to rely on a stranger’s assistance. I also have in my vehicle food (snacks), water, and emergency style blankets, as well as a wool blanket so we could all just climb in the back seat together to keep warm. As for keeping cool if I am out looking at autumn leaves I would not have to worry about that because the temperature is dropping in Utah and that would not be a problem. I also have some playing cards and a couple of travel games so I think we could entertain ourselves. Now for the advance challenge of locking the car – I have done that on numerous occasions so I keep a spare key in a magnetic box hidden on the outside of my vehicle so I think we are ok there. Great challenge though.

  • Teri

    I cannot participate in today’s challenge as I will be having guests over this afternoon for my granddaughter’s birthday but if I were to take the drive with my family fortunately for me if I did get a flat tire I know how to change the flat. That was a requirement before I could get my driver’s license at the age of 16 (I am now 48 y/o). I still know how to change a tire from numerous years of practice (and I have taught both my son and daughter how to change a flat tire as well – and they have). However, as for the battery being dead that isn’t a problem either. About 4 years as Christmas gifts I gave my son and daughter, as well as myself, an ingenious devious called a Mighty Mite which I keep in my vehicle at all times and is always charged. It is a battery jumper so that you do not have to rely on anyone else for assistance. It is a single parent (meaning mother) best line of defense when going on family vacations. If something happens I did not need to rely on a stranger’s assistance. I also have in my vehicle food (snacks), water, and emergency style blankets, as well as a wool blanket so we could all just climb in the back seat together to keep warm. As for keeping cool if I am out looking at autumn leaves I would not have to worry about that because the temperature is dropping in Utah and that would not be a problem. I also have some playing cards and a couple of travel games so I think we could entertain ourselves. Now for the advance challenge of locking the car – I have done that on numerous occasions so I keep a spare key in a magnetic box hidden on the outside of my vehicle so I think we are ok there. Great challenge though.

  • lois

    The point is–do you regularily take along drinking water and food in your vehicle when you go somewhere. If you are just taking it along for the challenge you aren’t accomplishing anything. We always take a thermos of water and snacks when we go anywhere. Even if it is just a few bags of nuts etc. We have spare keys located in a couple different places on the vehicle if we get locked out. Our dogs generally are along for any rides and have their leashes packed in the vehicle along with a dish for water.

    Yes there are always jumper cables and a tool box with necessary tools for minor problems. Just some things that we have always done.

  • lois

    The point is–do you regularily take along drinking water and food in your vehicle when you go somewhere. If you are just taking it along for the challenge you aren’t accomplishing anything. We always take a thermos of water and snacks when we go anywhere. Even if it is just a few bags of nuts etc. We have spare keys located in a couple different places on the vehicle if we get locked out. Our dogs generally are along for any rides and have their leashes packed in the vehicle along with a dish for water.

    Yes there are always jumper cables and a tool box with necessary tools for minor problems. Just some things that we have always done.

  • Fourinohio

    Oh, so one thing I’m going to add to my car kits is either a cable cleaner, or a box of baking soda. Luckily I was in my driveway so I had access to the baking soda.

  • Fourinohio

    I can’t drive anywhere today because I have a sick family and I spent several hours of the day yesterday driving around with a puking child and I don’t want to repeat it. HOWEVER, I did have a car “situation” this week. Went outside to take the kids to school and the car wouldn’t start. Luckily, my husband was out of the country so I borrowed the other car. When I got home, I did what only what I knew how to do, and that was to call my dad (who lives across the country). I guess I wasn’t explaining myself clearly enough for him to know what I was talking about (you know, this thingy-magig is bluish, connected that long thing, etc). So I ran inside, grabbed my laptop and video cammed with him!! Set the laptop right under the hood so he could see exactly what I saw. Worked like a wonder! Totally wished I had taken a picture-hood popped, me there in my hot pink tuxedo shirt (to match my hot pink toe nails), fitted jeans, then put on my safety glasses (in case of acid splash), my sassy apron, and blue garden gloves (to match the apron)! So he walked me through the steps of using baking soda to clean the battery connections. Then he had to go pick up my mom so my grandpa got on with me and helped me attempt to jump the car (only a couple sparks, lol). Needless to say, jumping got it started, but as soon as I turned off the car (having let it run 5-10 minutes to charge), I tried to start it again and it was dead. Grandpa told me to jump it again and get to the nearest AutoZone to have them replace the battery. It being “preparedness” month, I decided that I wanted to learn to replace the battery myself. So I went to the store, looked up what battery I needed, purchased it, came home, and right then my hubby calls me from Belgium-we could only talk for 3 minutes but he gave me enough information to take the old battery out and install the new one. Car runs like a beauty now-hubby is home and proud…I feel like with a little help, there are so many more things that we can tackle and learn to do, if you’re just willing…I will attempt changing the tire later this week when my kids and husband are out of bed. Thanks for the idea!

    • Fourinohio

      Oh, so one thing I’m going to add to my car kits is either a cable cleaner, or a box of baking soda. Luckily I was in my driveway so I had access to the baking soda.

  • Fourinohio

    I can’t drive anywhere today because I have a sick family and I spent several hours of the day yesterday driving around with a puking child and I don’t want to repeat it. HOWEVER, I did have a car “situation” this week. Went outside to take the kids to school and the car wouldn’t start. Luckily, my husband was out of the country so I borrowed the other car. When I got home, I did what only what I knew how to do, and that was to call my dad (who lives across the country). I guess I wasn’t explaining myself clearly enough for him to know what I was talking about (you know, this thingy-magig is bluish, connected that long thing, etc). So I ran inside, grabbed my laptop and video cammed with him!! Set the laptop right under the hood so he could see exactly what I saw. Worked like a wonder! Totally wished I had taken a picture-hood popped, me there in my hot pink tuxedo shirt (to match my hot pink toe nails), fitted jeans, then put on my safety glasses (in case of acid splash), my sassy apron, and blue garden gloves (to match the apron)! So he walked me through the steps of using baking soda to clean the battery connections. Then he had to go pick up my mom so my grandpa got on with me and helped me attempt to jump the car (only a couple sparks, lol). Needless to say, jumping got it started, but as soon as I turned off the car (having let it run 5-10 minutes to charge), I tried to start it again and it was dead. Grandpa told me to jump it again and get to the nearest AutoZone to have them replace the battery. It being “preparedness” month, I decided that I wanted to learn to replace the battery myself. So I went to the store, looked up what battery I needed, purchased it, came home, and right then my hubby calls me from Belgium-we could only talk for 3 minutes but he gave me enough information to take the old battery out and install the new one. Car runs like a beauty now-hubby is home and proud…I feel like with a little help, there are so many more things that we can tackle and learn to do, if you’re just willing…I will attempt changing the tire later this week when my kids and husband are out of bed. Thanks for the idea!

  • Beachy1mom

    This is the easiest challenge ever. We drive a truck & my husband has every imaginable tool ever needed under the back seat. Yes, it’s a big truck-4 doors & 4-wheel drive. We also have one of those emergency battery backup starter thingies just in case the battery does die. I have been able to change flat tires since I was 15 years old & I got my first truck. We taught all 3 of our daughters to not only change a tire, but to change their own oil, battery & brakes. Taking care of their car – which may be a lifeline to safety – has always been part of the car ownership process. Usually the only driving we do on Sundays is to & from church. And we just had the tires rotated last month. So, after church, we will pull over for an hour & read our scriptures for an hour. What a great challenge. Come on tomorrow!! As always, thanks for the great job ladies.

  • Beachy1mom

    This is the easiest challenge ever. We drive a truck & my husband has every imaginable tool ever needed under the back seat. Yes, it’s a big truck-4 doors & 4-wheel drive. We also have one of those emergency battery backup starter thingies just in case the battery does die. I have been able to change flat tires since I was 15 years old & I got my first truck. We taught all 3 of our daughters to not only change a tire, but to change their own oil, battery & brakes. Taking care of their car – which may be a lifeline to safety – has always been part of the car ownership process. Usually the only driving we do on Sundays is to & from church. And we just had the tires rotated last month. So, after church, we will pull over for an hour & read our scriptures for an hour. What a great challenge. Come on tomorrow!! As always, thanks for the great job ladies.

  • Nicole R

    Husband and I need to drive 4 hrs round trip as a favor for my Dad in law. This oughta be fun, I’m excited to get out of the house – I don’t think husband really knows everything I’ve got stuffed behind the truck seats. I’m not even sure we’ve got jumper cables – I guess when it’s light out, I’ll have to go make sure.
    We don’t store water in plastic in our vehicles, although always grab a few bottles whenever we get in the car. Something about the heat releasing carcinogens into the water. . .thoughts on this?

    • kdonat

      Nicole, Walgreen’s has stainless steel SubZero water bottles on sale 3 for $10 about every 3-4 months. I purchase 3 at a time for car water storage (tropical Florida). I have also given them as gifts along with an emergency blanket and Mainstay food bars for friends that need a nudge to prepare. Some come with dual tops (flip top and screwdown) and a handy belt clip. Great bargain!

  • Nicole R

    Husband and I need to drive 4 hrs round trip as a favor for my Dad in law. This oughta be fun, I’m excited to get out of the house – I don’t think husband really knows everything I’ve got stuffed behind the truck seats. I’m not even sure we’ve got jumper cables – I guess when it’s light out, I’ll have to go make sure.
    We don’t store water in plastic in our vehicles, although always grab a few bottles whenever we get in the car. Something about the heat releasing carcinogens into the water. . .thoughts on this?

  • Dorothy

    I’m afraid I will have to pass on this one ladies. I haven’t been able to drive for the last 5 years because of an eye condition, so I never go anywhere without my hubby or one of my 3 grown boys taking me. Therefor I would never be forced to change a tire. Oh I take that back, I do go do my Visiting Teaching with a sister who is well able to change her own tire. I guess I could call her and we could go sit in the car for an hour and I could take the snacks and something to drink but it seems kind of pointless. So I guess this one is a bust for me, but sure is a good one for younger Sisters who do drive all the time. I used to be able to change a tire and even had a special tool to help me get the lug nuts off. But can’t do it any more.

  • Dorothy

    I’m afraid I will have to pass on this one ladies. I haven’t been able to drive for the last 5 years because of an eye condition, so I never go anywhere without my hubby or one of my 3 grown boys taking me. Therefor I would never be forced to change a tire. Oh I take that back, I do go do my Visiting Teaching with a sister who is well able to change her own tire. I guess I could call her and we could go sit in the car for an hour and I could take the snacks and something to drink but it seems kind of pointless. So I guess this one is a bust for me, but sure is a good one for younger Sisters who do drive all the time. I used to be able to change a tire and even had a special tool to help me get the lug nuts off. But can’t do it any more.