in your Corvette – it’s wonderful, isn’t it? Ah, yes – the wind whipping over the windshield, the sweet purr of the exhausts, the way the car effortlessly glides over the tarmac mile after mile. Until something happens to interrupt this magical journey, that is. It could be a flat tire, a strange noise coming from under the car, an alarming indication from one of the dash gauges, or any number of other nefarious things. It’s a fact of life: stuff happens. The question is: are you – and your Corvette – prepared and equipped to handle these interesting little turns life indiscriminately throws at us when it does? In addition to pleasure cruising in our Corvettes, many of us embark on yearly pilgrimages far from home, with destina- tions like Corvettes at Carlisle, Blooming- ton Gold, the National Corvette Museum,
Who’s right? Well, that’s up to each individual to decide for him or herself. But what I’m presenting here is a list of items that certainly wouldn’t hurt to have packed in your Corvette when embarking on any journey that’s more than a few miles away from home. Nobody’s saying you have to stow and carry all of this gear (then again, nobody’s saying you can’t, either, if you want to!). But at least peruse this listing to help you pick and choose the items that will help give you the warm-and-fuzzies when you embark on a long trip in your Corvette. It’s better to have this stuff and not need it than to need it and not have it. ABSOLUTE ESSENTIALS These are what I call the “Five Fs” – the absolutely essential items that you should always have in your ride regardless of the year and model of your Corvette: • Flashlight • Fire Extinguisher • First Aid Kit • Flares • Fone (OK, so it’s really phone, but you get the point, right?) I don’t think you need an explanation of what these items are for or why you should have them in your ‘Vette, so we’ll move on to some other items you might also want to carry. EMERGENCY KITS You can kill a few birds with one stone, if you’ll pardon my politically-incorrect use of metaphors, by purchasing a roadside emergency kit offered by several vendors. These kits vary by price and vendor but they all carry a lot of the essential gear (some more than others) that you may need if and when a roadside emergency presents itself. They come in easy-to-stow bags or cases which make them easy to travel with, so these kits are definitely something to consider. TOOLS ARE COOL You don’t have to be a dyed-in-the-wool “wrench” to be able to tighten up a loose nut or a clamp or wrap some duct tape around a hose that suddenly springs a leak, but you’re going to need some tools to do even these simple emergency repairs. To that end, it’s good to have these basic items on board should you need time: • Screwdrivers (flat blade & Phillips) • Pliers (slip-joint and vice-grip) •Socket set (SAE or metric) • Wrench set (SAE or metric) • Duct tape • Utility knife • Motor oil • Octane booster (if required) • Fuel container • Jack • Lug wrench
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READY FOR SUMMER ROAD TRIPS
An essential piece of gear that should be in every Corvette is a fire extinguisher.