How To Hotwire A Car In An Emergency: 2 Surprisingly Easy Techniques

When in a survival situation, it can be hard to know which way is up. Some skills that are frowned upon in conventional society actually come in handy in times likes this. For instance, have you ever heard of hotwiring a car? This is the process where someone starts a car but without a key. It’s something that is often seen in blockbuster movies and will be useful if you have misplaced your keys or if you must get out of town during an emergency or survival situation.

Interested in learning more? Keep reading for instruction on how to hotwire a car in an emergency so you can get moving once again.

What You Need

Before we begin, it’s important to note that, while hotwiring is an important skill to have in your bag of tricks, it’s also illegal and can land you in jail if used for nefarious purposes. We are not promoting any such activities here.

Also, the following methods are better suited for older model vehicles, especially the ones that don’t need microchip activation to start.

When you are learning how to hotwire a car in an emergency, it’s good to know about certain parts of the car as well as how they function i.e. what to touch and what to leave alone. In this way, when it’s necessary, you can start your car easily and safely.

But, that’s not all – you must also learn about the tools that you will need for the job. Thus, the second thing you must do is gather the materials that you will need – every car owner should have these on hand in case of emergency:

** Insulated gloves

** Driver’s License

** Proof of ownership

** Wire stripper

** Flat-bladed screwdriver

The Screwdriver

This method is much simpler and thus, should be tried first. But, you should also know that although it’s a relatively effective method used to disable the lock pins, it’s use will permanently damage the key mechanism. In other words, any screwdriver, key, or even flat piece of metal will be able to start the car from now on:

** Drill about 2/3 of an inch into the keyhole, where the inner flap starts.

** Remove the drill bit and let the lock bits fall into place

** Repeat as needed, until all the bits are in position

** Insert a flat head screwdriver into the keyhole and start the car normally.

If this method doesn’t work, don’t worry. You can use the screwdriver again for step two – as long as it didn’t get stuck in the ignition cover.

The Literal Hot Wire Method

Before we delve deeper into this particular step, it is important to note that you must use extreme caution when undertaking this task. Take your time so you will be sure to avoid painful electrical shocks and discomfort.

If you choose to use this method, you will have to rewire the car and bypass the ignition system, hence the name. The directions are as follows:

** The first thing you must do is to figure out if you can disable the steering wheel lock. Simply, remove the steering shaft from the back of the steering wheel. You will be looking for a little disk that looks like it can fit a key, remove it if possible.

** Use a screwdriver and remove the access cover that’s beneath the steering wheel.

** Next, look for two red wires, remove a ½ inch of insulation off of each end and twist the wires together, making sure that the exposed wires aren’t touching any metal. These wires must stay connected at all times.

** Find the brown wire and strip about ½ inch insulation of the end.

** Touch the end of the brown wire against the twisted ends of the red wires until the engine ignites.

Once you have the engine going, it is important to note that you must keep the red and brown wires separate, to avoid sparks which can drain the battery.

Important Considerations

To put it simply, the actual process of hotwiring a vehicle is easy. But, there are certain precautions that you should take before undertaking this task to ensure a successful result. For instance:

** Use caution when you are messing with the wiring and check with the Owner’s Manual for specific instruction about the wires and color coding for your specific model.

** Always wear insulated gloves when you are working on wires, as their exposed ends carry a powerful live current which can hurt you.

** After you get the car started initially, pull the wires apart and tape your ends to avoid getting electrocuted when you are driving.

** Modern cars feature microchip and transponder systems for getting the ignition unlocked, and if you try to hotwire them, it may set off an alarm.

The Conclusion

There’s nothing worse than being in a terrifying situation – where you have to move quickly – but you can’t find your car keys. Before panic sets in, take a step back and breathe. The above steps should provide you with all you need to hotwire your car in an emergency where staying put is just not an option.

3 Easy Tips on How to Remove the Effects of Pepper Spray in Your Dorm Room

One of the greatest parts of any dedicated high school student’s life is the chance to be able to go to college. College life is basically the opening of great opportunities and the best way of getting your most-sought-after freedom. You’ll finally be able to do everything you want away from your parents’ watchful eyes. For any parent, a child going off to college is both a happy and heartbreaking sight to look at. The fact that you won’t be there to protect and defend her can be very disturbing at times.

Staying in dormitories, especially co-ed ones can be quite unsafe especially for freshmen since they are the ones who are mostly taken advantage of. There are actually several ways for you to be able to defend yourself, one of which is keeping pepper spray on hand. Pepper spray is one of the best options for students on the go since they are easy to carry and easy to use. However, you need to be extra careful in handling your pepper spray or any self defense device for that matter if you want it to work to your advantage. But for future reference, here’s what you need to do in case you accidentally sprayed or spilt pepper spray in your dorm room.

Tip#1 Let the Air Out

Open all the windows and doors of your room so that the harmful smell can be carried along by the passing air. You need to cover your mouth while you do this considering that it could cause you constricted breathing once you inhale it. Turn on your air conditioner or ceiling fans to help dispel the smell. Turn it to its full capacity so the air is passed along faster and quicker. Remember that it will take a while before the air gets neutralized so you need to be patient.

Tip#2 Take Care of the Culprit

While waiting for the smell to be dissipated, find the source of all the mishaps- the pepper spray canister. Unless you do something to take care of it fast, the smell will just keep on coming back and you will still feel your eyes being irritated and your breathing restricted. Do this as fast as you can to avoid further disastrous situations.

Tip#3 Freshen Up Your Room

Once you have done the first two tips, the air will be quite neutralized already. But for the finishing touch, you may have to deodorize your entire dorm room by applying air freshener all over. Air fresheners will help in battling the bad smell caused by the pepper spray while getting rid of the remaining particles in the air. These residual particles can still cause great harm if you fail to remove it from the air.

Make sure that you put your pepper spray canister in the safest area of your dorm room to avoid accidents from happening. Keep it away from sharp objects or from high portions to avoid it being ruptured or broken. You can also keep it locked away but it might take you a while before you can dig it up, and that’s a major no-no in Self Defense 101. Put it in a safe place where you can get easy access to it.