DIY Road Spikes

You never know what you could be up against when it comes time to survive in a world without law. Any number of scenarios could put you and your family on foot, vulnerable to vehicle-mounted attacks.

While that might sound pretty terrifying, keep in mind that a bit of good old-fashioned ingenuity and some grit can take you a long way in any world, anywhere, period. You don’t have to look very far beyond the edges of your own home to create something that will have you better prepared to hinder, incapacitate or deter encroaching vehicles. Check this out:


1 garden hose
Handheld drill
Measuring tape
Heavy-duty scissors (or hand pruners)
2 boxes of 3 ½” Common Nails
1 can of spray paint
Black Sharpie marker


Using your black marker, demark 5-inch segments along your garden hose.

With your heavy-duty scissors, cut twelve, 5-inch segments.

Using your handheld drill, drill 4 holes through each segment of hose.

Push 4 nails at opposing angles into each segment of hose.

Repeat process until you have 12 solid DIY road spikes.

Spray paint your road spikes using a color that best fits your scenario.

Using Road Spikes

Road spikes are best applied in rural areas of operation where they can be easily camouflaged and placed around blind curves, near ditches or large drainages to maximize their effectiveness. When properly utilized they will disable the tires of any vehicle unfortunate enough to pass over them. For best results, utilize road spikes in lowlight conditions to further maximize the element of surprise.

The advantage of using these DIY garden-hose road spikes is that they tumble freely and remain in place well. While more traditional road spikes are connected by a chain, these can be kept in a bag and then tossed underhandedly by the handful (like a bowling ball) for faster application. Β Β 

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  • Another effective method for spikes is to use mud. Grab a large handful of mud, work several spikes into the mud and rough shape to an irregular pattern. Let semi-dry until firm and set in the road. Looks like a vehicle mud dropping which most don’t avoid. I have used them and attest that they work.

  • Has this been tested on standard SUV or Truck tires? Can’t have road spikes be a point of failure when you are relying on them!

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