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Getting Around

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When traveling anywhere, if at all possible, DO NOT put everyone in one vehicle, and as stupid as it sounds, remember to wear your seatbelt, unless it interferes with your aim. A manual transmission will generally get better gas mileage, and you can always push-start a manual if its battery dies.




Commercial vehicle (truck, ambulance, etc.)

The benefit of driving one of these babies is their size. They hold up well in accidents, and can cut through a crowd of infected like it's nothing. Unfortunately, their size is also a downside. They use fuel much faster than any of the other vehicles on this list, they're hard to control, and it gets progressively harder to negotiate around abandoned cars as your own vehicle gets bigger. Also, if it's a cargo truck, it might be unbalanced without a load. Many run on diesel, and that can be harder to find, but it is possible to produce your own.


Hummer/other armored vehicle

A step down from a commercial vehicle, and probably a better option. However, a Hummer will still drain the reserves of nearby gas stations pretty quickly, with its low MPGs. That being said, the armor is a very good thing to have between you and the infected.



Good for carrying cargo and humans, with similar maneuverability to a car, but higher off the ground, and often surprisingly high MPGs. Pretty good bang for your buck, if you want to go with a closed vehicle. Also, moderate- to high-powered trucks can be used as tow trucks, which can be very useful.



In all likelihood, if you want a closed cab with good gas mileage, a Ford Ranger is better than a Ford Focus, once zombies have taken over. Sports cars are only a good idea if you need to move at extreme speeds, and convertibles are practically suicidal.



Very little space to stow cargo, and you're more vulnerable to bites. Also, where other vehicles can substitute as a place to sleep, because they're closed-cab, motorcycles leave you with no such safe haven. They're also loud, so they alert the infected to your presence. If you get into an accident, you have a much higher chance of being seriously hurt or killed. That being said? They're extremely maneuverable, get incredible gas mileage, and are fairly intuitive. An excellent option for a quick run for an antibiotic, or for a lone person on the run, but not a great idea for use in gathering supplies or travelling in groups.



The major benefits of a bicycle are that they're silent and don't need fuel. Other than that, it's all the drawbacks of a motorcycle, plus it's running under your power and moves slower.




Learn to siphon gas early on, both from gas station main tanks and from the tanks of abandoned cars. I am not going to describe the process (bsp_mod is tired and lazy) but wikipedia has a good description here for how to siphon from a car tank. Those same basic principles are used for siphoning from a station, but you need a pump as well (which can be manually powered, no electricity needed).




All that was good information, yadda yadda, but ultimately, you choose how your character arrives at the compound. This is mostly just to give your intropost some bite, if you're not sure what to write about, and for future plots. It also sets limits on our world- sure, everyone could pile into an eighteen-wheeler and ride around, but if by some miracle, we found a large area with no blocked roads, we'd run out of gas, something would break... you get the idea.



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