“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth” -Dawn of the Dead
Everyone knows sooner or later, we’ll be completely overrun by zombies. What most people don’t realize is that you can only stay barricaded in your house for so long. Eventually you’ll run outta spaghettios or your neighbor is gonna break in and try to eat you.
When that happens, you’ll want some wheels in a hurry. And you’ll quickly realize that your vehicle requirements have changed significantly.
According to ZAC, you should ask these questions when selecting a car:
- Range: How far can your vehicle travel on a single tank of gas?
- Speed: If you needed to haul back to base for some A.S.A.P. medical treatment, could it get you back fast enough?
- Load Capacity: Can your vehicle haul significant amounts of supplies, survivors, pull a trailer, or tow a disabled vehicle back for repair?
- Road Clearing: Does your vehicle have the ability to push another vehicle off the road, or plow through a horde of undead and still be road worthy?
- Ground Clearance: Can your vehicle go off road, hop curbs, and drive over bodies?
- Fuel Type: Will fuel for your vehicle be widely available post Z-Day?
- Armor: How much customizing and up-armoring would your vehicle take to be zombie and attack proof?
Good vehicles will be hard to find, but here’s my favorite choices if you have time to be picky…
Hummer H2 (seen in Zombieland)
A classic first choice. With a history of military use, the Hummer is rugged and can plow through or over many obstacles. Plenty of passenger room and storage space for supplies.
Major weaknesses: Horrible gas mileage and a huge target for looters and gangs to take away from you.
The Retrofitted Bus (seen in Resident Evil 3 & Dawn of the Dead)
If you need to ferry family and friends to your boat docked in the marina this is the way to go. It can haul a group of people, plenty of supplies, and spare tanks of gas.
Major weaknesses: Poor gas mileage, slow, and un-maneuverable. Get stuck at your first roadblock and you can quickly become a sardine…or zombie-chow.
When the world breaks down, you’re gonna want four wheel drive, a HEMI V8 for quick acceleration, and extra towing power to haul other cars off the road and out of your way. Not to mention this bad boy has enough power to plow through anything (or anyone) who gets in your way. Plenty of cab room to fit four and you can stow extra gas and supplies in the back.
Major weaknesses: The sound of that HEMI may attract unwanted attention and you’ll have to expose yourself to get to your supplies.
An Electric Car (i.e. Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, or the Tesla Model S at right)
A near silent motor gives this choice a leg up from the others. You’ll have a better chance of reaching your destination without attracting the undead or unsavory survivors.
Not being dependent on gas is a huge upside…at least in the short term. For the first month, you can avoid mass havoc and mile long lines at gas stations. Of course, after the power grid collapses electricity won’t be the easiest thing to find either…but if you’re ingenious enough to last that long, you may come up with a unique way to generate your own electric power.
Major weaknesses: After a while, your only power source will likely be in a permanent location and you’ll have a limited range of travel. Little stowing room and not enough power to move obstacles.
Let’s face it, 98% of the population is going to be converted into the walking dead within 90 days of the outbreak. If you’re lucky enough to be part of that last 2 percent, why not let your kids spread their legs and enjoy the entertainment center while you head to the mall for safety.
Major weaknesses: You’ve already given up.
An interesting theoretical choice.
Major weaknesses: Using this option assumes you can find enough clear road to get it up to 88 mph and you have a flux capacitor. Doesn’t that sound a little unlikely? Also, you’re a target for Libyan terrorists.
Terraflugia (a flying car)
This may be your best bet to get to that ranch in Arizona that’s rumored to be untouched by the global devastation. According to their website you only need 20 hours to get a sport pilot license. I’m guessing the license won’t be so critical and you could probably figure out how to get it off the ground in a couple hours.
Major weaknesses: This won’t be easy to find. My advice is to pre-order one now for only $10K (purchase price is $194K).
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