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What Is The Best Air Pump?

There are those people who will casually pretend they don’t see someone in distress. They will just drive by the person with the low tire pressure without a thought….Maybe because they’re busy, maybe because they’re too important, maybe because they think they should have your own tire inflator or maybe because they just don’t give a damn.

Then there are the rescuers…. The people whose senses perk up when they see someone pulled over on the side of the road or a fellow motorist with their hazards on because they need to inflate their tire. The clock is ticking and they’ll be late for their meeting if they stop. So, they drive by the distressed person and all the while glancing in their rearview mirror at the flashing lights. They just can’t help themselves. Screw it! They get off the next exit and circle back to help the stranded driver in need of tire inflation. If you suffer from “white knight syndrome”, it’s not your fault. You most likely had a good mother that instilled the proverbial Catholic guilt deep into your psyche. If you know this about yourself, then you need to be prepared. There’s nothing worse than having the intention to provide assistance but not having the roadside tools to do it.

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Some people take their desire to help to a whole different level and make a career out of it. They become a Police Officer, Fire Fighter, Game Warden, and a Park Ranger – someone that can rescue people all day long and get paid for it!

Whether you save people every day at work, or if you just put your superman cape on as needed, one thing you need are the right tools.

Here’s a checklist of things to keep in your vehicle so that you’ll be ready for that next rescue and can properly “white knight it” all over town.

  • Specialops Tools 12 volt portable air compressor (to top of tires fast)
  • Distress signal-a red bandana to tie to your antenna is preferable to a ” Highway Help” sign because it’s more visible
  • Emergency flares
  • Reflective cone
  • Water – Remember to empty the bottles, wash them out and refill them every few months.
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • shovel
  • jumper cables
  • tow rope
  • first aid kit
  • non-perishable high calorie snacks
  • Fire extinguisher-keep it in your trunk or strapped down, as it can become a dangerous projectile during an accident. Consumer Reports recommends carrying a small 1A10BC or 2A10BC unit.

Some roadside problems just can’t be avoided, but motorists should do all they can so avoid the ones they can. A lot of roadside situations can be avoided if tire pressure is routinely checked and monitored. Underinflated tires waste gas. The Department of Transportation estimates that 5 million gallons of fuel a day are wasted due to low tire pressure. That’s more than 2 billion gallons per year of gas wasted just because people don’t take the time for the right Air Pump.

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Portable Air Compressors and Four Wheeling Tips

Pickup trucks are amazing machines. They are built to transport you just about anywhere. They are quite adept on paved roads, yet they are also well-equipped for dirt trails. If you are going to own a truck, you may as well take it off the road from time to time.

But going off-road driving isn’t as easy or simple as it might sound. That is, you don’t simply take your truck from the street to the dirt without preparation and a little knowledge and know-how.

An off-road adventure can be confusing and it will certainly be challenging, especially if you go unprepared. Even though you might not be worried about it, there are a few tips that will help ensure you have a good time.

Portable Air Compressor

When you are out on the trails, you will need lower air pressure for added traction in sand, mud and even over rocks. Even letting out as little as 10 pounds of air pressure can give you optimal flotation for the terrain you are driving. Of course, the amount of air you let out depends largely on the type of terrain.

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Regardless how much air you let out of your portable tire inflator, you will want to fill them back up for the drive home. If you go off-roading without taking this into consideration, your drive home may cause tire damage. Be smart and pack a quality 12v portable air compressor.

Vehicle Inspection

Before even taking your vehicle out of the driveway, you should check it for general functions. Make sure you have plenty of gas, check the oil, check the air pressure in the tires and ensure you have jumper cables, flares, tools and a first aid kit.

Also, it is smart if you prepare for the worst-case scenario. For example, you might get stranded for whatever reason so you should have enough camping provisions to last you a day or two just in case.

Observe the Trail

If given the chance, ask somebody who has knowledge plenty of questions about the trails you plan on driving. In addition to helpful directions, they may point out parts of the trail to avoid, places to be real careful and places to stop and gawk at the scenery. This enables you to plan your trip more thoroughly.

Whatever trail you happen to be driving on, take a good, close look at it to determine possible dangers. If you spot puddles, a lot of big rocks and holes, you can better prepare before putting the vehicle in drive.

Make sure you proceed with caution as even the most benign object could be potentially dangerous. For example, a mud puddle might seem shallow and harmless enough, but it could be a whole lot deeper than you think. Drive with care wherever you go.

If the trail you are on starts off easy enough but then gets continually worse, you may want to seriously consider turning around and finding another trial.

Stay in Control

For a safe trip, you need to stay in control of your vehicle at all times. To do this effectively, you need to avoid high speeds, take curves slowly, pass others with caution and keep focused on the road at all times.

Unless you have done this for a while and are completely familiar with the trail, keep your four-wheeling a daytime activity and ensure you are done before the sun goes down.

Tell Others Your Whereabouts

Make sure at least a few people know where you will be going and when you expect to be back. There is a good possibility that you won’t have any cell phone reception where you are going so somebody needs to know where you will be.

In addition, you are going to be on trails less traveled that are rocky, holey and full of hazards, getting stranded is a calculated possibility.

Timing is Everything

You should choose your trip wisely. If you go off-roading after a recent rain or heavy snow, there will be mud to deal with. Wet conditions also are cause for loose rocks and small landslides can occur.

In addition, use common sense when off-roading and use proper trail etiquette. You don’t want to make anybody mad because you didn’t follow the rules

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