a reply to: tRiP2BrAiN
My first response will always be to resort to being on foot as much as possible.
The simple fact of the matter is, that if the crap hits the fan, you do not want to be moving quickly, because anything that moves quickly gains
attention. What you want to be doing, is blending into your surroundings, and it is pretty hard to do that, if you are either making engine sounds of
varying tempos and frequencies, or spitting up a dust trail behind you, leaving tracks all over the place, leaking oil or what have you.
A person moving at walking pace does not automatically grab ones attention at distance, but someone moving about rapidly on a wheeled conveyance in
that scenario WOULD attract attention, because folks would be thinking three things upon seeing it.
1) I do not know who that is, and they could be here in minutes at that speed = serious threat
2) That's a handy device, and I could use one for transporting firewood and so on, reducing calorie expenditure per unit of heat generated... I am
stealing that, and killing the owner if necessary. = your life's worth being reduced to the worth of the commodity you happen to be riding in or
3) Perhaps it would be worth following the tracks back to wherever this person camps, in case they have any other tasty gear, useful consumables,
ammunition, weaponry, and so on. = Your camp, potentially your family getting raided, crapped on from a great height, and thereby mission failure.
They see a person walking around though, and the logic chain goes:
They fail to spot you = no threat has been perceived, no action taken.
They see you = there is no reason for them to be concerned, since they have the drop on you, and you are half an hours walk away from them, and
approaching so slowly that they can have you under the gun before you become a serious problem.
2) They see you, but from the looks of you, the weapons you are carrying are probably the best things you have on you, and at the same time, provide a
warning to them that you will defend yourself if they try to take them.= not worth risking injury or death for what might turn out to be some crappy
ammunition and some middle of the road firearms, plus assorted junk in your pack.
3) they are nutters, and will seek to kill you for sport. Luckily, you are on foot, and capable of stealthy movement, wise use of terrain, and have a
nearly unhealthy preference to work up close, where your steel can do its grisly job, rather than spray and pray when faced with superior numbers,
like a true moron.
A person on foot is slower, but much harder to spot, and much more versatile in terms of the tasks they can perform, and the distances they can
travel. Your metal steed may travel fast, and a long distance on a single tank, but I could walk every single day of the rest of my life if I scrapped
up enough moss and edible bark, or fruit and hunted animal matter along the way. In short, even without Walmart being around, there is more fuel for
human beings out there, than there is fuel for machines.
Further to that, a person can take a serious pounding before they become unable to move themselves forward. Although I am sure the same can be said
of these machines, they cannot be healed with a splint, or sewing needle, or antibiotics or any of that stuff. They need parts, actual physical
material in order to be fixed, specific material too! Many of those vehicles will likely as not have non standard bolts and fixings, and require
certain specialised tools to maintain correctly. So unless you happen to be a fantastic engineer, with access to more than basic tools and a place to
work, including a lathe, a bench drill, air tools, that sort of thing, those funky vehicles will more than likely end up becoming garden ornaments in
time, rather than a continuously useful conveyance, and may attract the sort of attention that one would normally want to avoid.
That being said, it depends entirely on the situation.
If you are dug in, and in numbers, with a dwelling area of significant circumference, and in a position where your numbers are good enough to have
guards posted at the perimeter, vehicles like this could be useful in repelling repeated attacks at the borders of your compound, because it will mean
bodies can be transported from any central barracks or common area, to the borders in double quick time. It will also mean that tasks like the
gathering and carriage of consumables like fuels, foodstuffs, grain, game, and so on, will be made easier and could be made more effective as a
process. This would be very helpful if the intention is to keep a large number of persons fed and watered in a near industrial manner. They would also
be useful for roaming any guarded farmland that might come under your sway, the estate vehicle for the post apocalyptic agriculturalist!
But as for survival in a small unit, without concerns like a large group and a compound to run? I would not bother myself. Me, my Bowie, and my
billhook, versus .... Everything... I almost wish they would get it over with and set it up some days, and I say almost because obviously, there are
people and things about this world that I love, just as they are, and I would not seek to hurry them to oblivion. The challenge though, would be