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photo: best case scenario emergency oil

[the hand of Scott pouring oil into a water bottle with the bottom chopped off which is working as a funnel]

When your car’s oil light comes on while you’re out running errands the night before a flight it’s a really lucky thing that the nearest place to pull over is actually the parking lot of a drugstore that happens to sell oil. It’s even luckier if you have a Scott of your own who happens to be on his way home and can do all the dirty work for you.* While you’re waiting for your Scott to arrive it is also very lucky if you happen to have a Car Kit with scissors so you can improvise a funnel out of a water bottle. It’s also pretty cool that the kit also contains individual handi-wipes to clean the hands of your Scott after he’s done saving the car. And then you can pick up dinner from your neighborhood Italian place before you head home. Seriously though, the car kit has saved the day a number of times since I’ve had it. It’s always so cheerful to realize that you do have that flashlight/tire gauge/sunscreen/safety pin/breath mint/pliers that you need.

* (For the record I definitely can put oil in my own car but he really was only minutes away and what the hell, it likely saved my favorite jeans from a nasty oil stain.)

· comments [5] · 06-13-2011 · categories:dailyphoto ·

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  • 1 Mara // Jun 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    My old car needed oil put in it every hour or two during long road-trips. I was smart enough to keep a stock of oil in the trunk for when I stopped at rest-stops, but I ALWAYS forgot to get more than 1 paper funnel. I discovered that if you roll up two magazine pages into a funnel and fold the ends over to hold it together it makes a GREAT funnel! Plus, who doesn’t bring a magazine on a road-trip?

  • 2 megan // Jun 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Mara – Good tip! I will keep this in mind, I always end up with magazines or catalogs floating around inside my car.

  • 3 JennaLis // Jun 15, 2011 at 12:47 am

    If you turn the oil bottle sideways (so the wide part is held between your thumb and fingers; notice in the photo he’s holding the narrow edge of the bottle), oil doesn’t build the same kind of bubble and it’s pretty easy to pour the oil in without a funnel. Hold it lower down, on the side, and you should be golden. Not all cars are the same, but VW is usually pretty good about making the oil intake area fairly accessible.
    Have you ever had a drink out of a cowboy boot glass? Where the beer/milk glugs all over your face when you drink from the back of the boot? But, if you tip it sideways, air natually flows into the toe of the boot, and you don’t have any beer/milk face issues.
    Same goes for this shape of oil container.

  • 4 Seanna Lea // Jun 15, 2011 at 1:17 am

    I’m glad that your jeans were saved. Back before we sold our car, I was worried about my husband driving at night and in winter, so my friend and I put together a New England car kit with everything including water and food (granola bars) to keep you alive if your car was stuck in a snow storm. I would have to add scissors and the water bottle idea to the list if we still had the car now.

  • 5 Gabrielle - Design Mom // Jun 15, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Brilliant!!

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