The zombie culture is infatuated with the perfect zombie getaway vehicle. Designers create everything from steel covered frames to chainsaws on the front. (I’m not sure how one would have enough time to get out of the car and start the chainsaws [if you have ever used a chainsaw you understand what I mean], get back into the car and drive through the herd of ‘walkers’ but someone decided it would be a good inclusion for the front of an escape car). For some odd reason Hyundai teamed up ‘The Walking Dead’ to create ‘The Walking Dead Chop Shop.’ It’s a site or app where you can build your own Hyundai for battling the throngs of walkers you would encounter in The Walking Dead universe. The app is fun but I can’t help but wonder why anyone would choose a Hyundai as the perfect zombie attack vehicle. Don’t get me wrong, Hyundai builds reliable vehicles, but I just can’t imagine that I would choose one if that was my way of fending off walkers. I would definitely choose a 4X4 or maybe an AWD and it would come from a company that has a history of build tough off-road vehicles. Let’s face it, your goal would be to get away from highly populated areas and since the roads would often be blocked off by traffic jams or hordes of walkers, you would need something that could be driven on rough terrain and not be so encumbered in steel and chainsaws that it would sink into the fertile forest floor. For this reason I would probably pick a Humvee, Toyota Land Cruiser, Ford F150 4X4, Range Rover or even a Subaru, but I would not pick a Hyundai. I think The Walking Dead must have been paid a huge amount of cash to partner with Hyundai. Think about it, you will need something that is proven as a heavy duty off road vehicle in order to survive, not something you can manufacture in a chop shop. Seriously, where would one find one of these chop shops and who would have time to make these alterations in a real emergency?
(Since this is actually a travel blog, I would be remiss to not somehow segue into some type of travel advice, so here is my rather rough transition).
Speaking of travelling in vehicles, what better way is there to go to your destination than by car? Yes, planes are faster but a plane just takes the enjoyment out of the journey. If you fly, you are required to wait in long lines, talk to rude people, get scanned, patted down and violated all to wait on a plane crammed with people who are as tired as you. Chances are you won’t get to your destination in one flight, so you will run for your next flight at some airport only to miss your flight or find out it is delayed by two hours. You may reach your destination earlier, but you will require rest due to the stress. If you drive, you get to see the sites, travel at your leisure, stay in hotels, and have your own car with you while at your destination. I know one can’t travel by car with crossing the ocean, but it is a viable option for cross country trips.
Since there are no walkers on your trip, you might choose a car over a gas guzzling 4X4 but that could still be a mistake. You never know what obstacles you will face while travelling. You could encounter snow storms in the winter or torrential downpours in the spring. You may be driving through mountains or on beaches. Finding an economical 4X4 or AWD vehicle like a Subaru, Ford Escape, Toyota Highlander, or a variety of other crossovers may be your best option to save some money on fuel but still retain some off-road capability for when the rubber meets the road. (Pun definitely intended).
(Tim-The Travel and Adventure Guy)