6. Self-Defense: Defend yourself by learning basic self-defense moves that can be used to protect yourself during danger.
Basic self-defense moves come in handy when you are traveling alone. Learning self-defense moves is an essential responsibility to ensure one’s safety. Attackers are always on the lookout for vulnerable victims, and it is necessary to be prepared. Be aware of your surroundings if you are traveling alone and try to stay in well-lit areas.
If you are being confronted, avoid getting into an altercation and try to get away safely. If an attacker tries to assault you, try to defend yourself by observing his body language. Channel your energy and try to inflict an injury on him. When he is trying to regain his balance, try to quickly slip away from his view and call for help.
Also, aim to inflict injury on crucial body parts such as the eyes, nose, ears, neck, groin, knee, and legs. If an attacker takes hold of your arm, try poking the attacker’s eyes with your free hand. If the attacker is in close proximity to you, strike under his nose with the palm of your hand. If an attacker takes hold of both your hands, kick him hard on the knees. These basic self-defense moves will likely disrupt an attacker’s balance and give you time to escape. (source)
7. Jump start; Jump start a dead car battery by using a jumper cable from another vehicle and get back on road in no time.
Everyone who owns a car should learn the essential rules of jump-starting a dead battery using a jumper cable. Before you try jump starting your car, determine whether that the battery is the reason for the car not starting. If you hear a cranking noise after the ignition is turned on, your car is likely not facing a battery issue. However, if your car does nothing, then you can be assured that the battery is dead.
Once you have determined the cause of the issue, signal for help to a passing car for assistance. Once assistance is available, determine whether the voltage power of the assisting car is the same as your own to prevent ignition damage. Before proceeding to jump start, ensure that you possess a jumper cable to facilitate this process.
Engage the parking brakes and turn off the ignition in both the cars. Attach the red clip from the jumper cable to the positive terminal of your battery that is indicated by “POS” and “+”. Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other car. Attach the black clips to the negative terminal “-” on the other car. The other end of the black terminal should be connected to an unpainted metal surface. Start the ignition of the other car and rev up the engines for a few minutes. Try starting your vehicle and if it starts, drive around for a few minutes to recharge the battery. If the car fails to start, then it is beyond help and probably needs a new battery. (1, 2)
8. Furnace cleaning: Clean a dirty furnace flame sensor that won’t work properly with a few handy tools available at home.
Is your furnace not functioning properly and won’t start, it is likely you are looking at a dirty furnace flame sensor. Flame sensors are essential to confirm whether the gas valve is open or not. If the sensor valve malfunctions, it can lead to gas leakage. The flame sensor can give you a hard time if it gets dirty due to carbon buildup and dust from the surroundings.
A furnace is usually fixed by a professional if it is damaged, but cleaning the furnace is a simple task. All you need is a wrench that fits the mounting screw, an emery cloth, and a clean paper towel. Before you start working on the furnace, shut-off power to the furnace. Proceed to locate the sensor that is situated towards the rear of a furnace. The sensor is held in place by metal screws attached to a bracket.
Remove the screws and gently clean the carbon buildup by using soft emery cloth. After the sensor is cleaned, reattach the sensor to the rod and turn on power to the furnace. Periodically check the furnace for carbon buildups and keep it clean. (1, 2)
9. Breaking into a locked car: Break into your vehicle when your keys are locked inside with the help of a blood pressure cuff.
Getting locked out of a car with the keys inside can be a frustrating situation. Don’t worry, as there are a few handy tips to break into your car without seeking professional help. Have you ever imagined that you can break into a locked car with the help of a blood pressure cuff? Yes, you heard it right. A blood pressure cuff is a handy tool that can withstand high pressure without ripping.
It is a cheap tool that can be picked up from any store. Slide the deflated pressure cuff into the top corner of the driver’s side with care. Once it is placed strategically under the door, start inflating the cuff until a small gap is created between the doors. Be cautious not to inflate the cuff anymore as it may inflict damage on the door. Use a long rod or a wire hanger between the gap to press the unlock button. (1, 2)
10. Decipher a map: Learn to read a map and understand basic directions to find your way out when GPS fails.
Electronic devices are often proven to be useless when there is no reception. Imagine going on a hike and getting stuck with a GPS that is not able to pinpoint your location. Don’t worry, learn how to read a map and understand basic directions to find your way out in no time.
There are different kinds of maps available in the market that are used for dedicated purposes. Political maps are used for finding state, national, and international boundaries. Road maps help drivers to navigate through roads and highways, whereas a topographical map is useful for trekking and highlights various landmarks along the way. Once you lay your hands on the map, check for the “compass rose” to check your orientation. The top of the map is neutral and corresponds with the true north.
Refer to the map key that is provided at the bottom of the map. It is comprised of various symbols such as roadways, parks, camping grounds, towns, and city limits. There are also color-coded symbols such as water bodies, forests, mountains, and plains. Once you are aware of your surroundings, make a note of the longitude (long vertical lines) and latitude (long horizontal lines) as reference points to coordinate your position. The map’s scale is also provided at the bottom and provides a ratio of map distance to the actual distance. For example, a ratio of 1:100,000 means that 1 unit of distance is equal to 100,000 units in real life. The ratio of scale varies for each map.
Once you are aware of your location, align the map along with your compass. Draw a circle on your current location and the destination you want to reach. Once the circle is drawn, connect the circles by drawing a straight line as the distance computed that way is shorter. Using a scale measure the distance between two points and compare it with the mapping ratio. Keep track of your progress along the way until you reach the destination. (1, 2)