On Monday, December 10, 2007, Italian truck drivers went on strike, and just two days later gas stations were sucked dry and food was running out across the country. Citizens did not anticipate the crisis, meaning that there were no long lines at gas stations leading up to the shortage.
When traveling in a zombie world, you can’t count on pulling over to a local filling station when your armor-plated Hummer runs short on gas after just a few miles. In fact, even if you have extra fuel, when it comes to fleeing zombies, bigger is not necessarily better. Roads will be clogged with so many other vehicles that driving over or through obstacles will be impossible in anything less than a gas-guzzling tank.
On a highway overpass, traveling tight city streets, or boxed in by steep drop-offs on a country road, larger vehicles will become immobile cages fit for speedy abandonment and little else. But even smaller vehicles, such as compact cars and motorcycles, will prove useless in just a matter of days as fuel runs out across the planet.
So if your survival plan involves driving great distances with the expectation that you’ll be able to find a filling station or siphon gas from abandoned cars, you might want to think about getting a new plan.