I blew a tire today and it showed me how unprepaired I was for even a little problem.
They really haven't done much to clear the shoulders here in PA of all the ice from the past two storms. I blew the right rear tire in my truck. It completely came off the rim, so I could not try to drive firther up the road to a better place to pull over.
A few things I know I need are:
A better jack
a 4 way lug wrench
flares or reflectors
and a folding shovel.
The shovel is where I could use a suggestion. I had to use a crowbar to chip away at the ice so I could put the jack down and to get the fully inflated spare to fit. A friend of mine suggested a GI Surplus shovel. Is that a good idea? Is there a good camping shovel that isn't too expansive? I want one that will work, but it probably won't have to work often.
I may never need it again, but that's no reason not to get one and be better prepared next time. I want a small foldup unit, nothing too fancy. I won't need to dig a trench big enough to hide my truck, just sturdy enough to break up some ice and such.