Every survivalist lives with the possibility of a nationwide crisis in the back of his mind.
The rules of civilization can change in a terrifying way when disaster strikes.
And here’s one skill all preppers should know if civil society collapses.
In a true emergency situation, people might have to abandon their cars.
Natural disasters, evacuations, and quarantines may cause someone to leave their vehicle behind.
If that happens, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to commandeer someone else’s car.
And you will need to know how to hotwire a car in order to do so.
It’s not quite like the movies where someone fumbles around underneath the steering wheel and the car starts up.
Here are the steps needed to successfully hotwire a car.
- Select the right car
If you’re in a SHTF scenario, this may not be an option, but choosing the right car is a necessity.
The newer the model of car, the more difficult it will be to start it up without the keys.
Your best bet is to find cars made before 2004.
After that, you’ll be dealing with kill switches (that shut down the engine) and other theft prevention features that require a computer to override.
Some older models can even be started up by turning the ignition with a flat-head screwdriver.
- Remove the cover from the steering column
Once you’ve found a model of car that’s workable, you’ll need a Phillips screwdriver to remove the plastic covering below the wheel.
This is where the wires are concealed.
- Locate the proper wires
Once the covering is removed, you’ll see a mess of wires.
Find the bundle of wires in the middle that are connecting straight into the steering column.
These wires should be connected to the ignition cylinder (where the key would be inserted).
- Find the three critical wires
Once you’ve narrowed down the bundle of wires connecting to the steering column, you’ll need to identify the three important ones: battery, ignition, and starter.
The color of these wires will vary from make and model, but generally speaking, red represents battery wire, and starter wires are typically brownish.
Another way to identify these wires is by pulling out the ignition cylinder and finding the first three wires connected to it.
- Connect the wires
First, you’ll need to strip the insulation to expose the wires.
Be careful not to cut through them entirely.
Also, don’t touch the wires with your bare hands, so having rubber gloves handy would be a good idea.
Next, attach the ignition wire and the battery wire, which should cause the dashboard to light up.
Wrap these wires together so the connection isn’t lost.
Finally, touch the starter wire against the other two wires you’ve coiled together, and the car should start up.
Make sure these wires don’t touch again while you’re driving.
Wrapping electrical tape around the exposed wires is a good way to keep you safe as you operate the vehicle.
When you need to turn off the car, just uncoil the two battery wires.
And if you need to start it up again, repeat the last step.