Picking a Bug Out Vehicle
Choosing the correct bug out vehicle for bugging out can be the difference between survival and death in a potential survival situation. The vehicle you choose needs to be reliable and hardy (so it will not require constant repairing which could be problematic without easy access to a mechanic). You also want the vehicle to have a large fuel capacity and be efficient with it. Even if you are just planning on off-road exploring you will want a vehicle which has all of these traits as one of the most common causes of issues in the wilderness is people vehicles breaking down. When you go out on a potentially dangerous journey your vehicle and the equipment in it could very well be the difference between surviving and dying in the wilderness. Hopefully after reading this article you will be able to make an informed decision regarding what vehicle you will use.
Choosing the correct vehicle for survivability
When choosing a vehicle there are many different things you must consider. First off you are going to want it to be reliable, the last thing you want is for your vehicle to breakdown in the middle of nowhere and leave you stranded. Next up if you are planning any kind of off-road excursion you will need your vehicle to be a 4×4 with high ground clearance to minimize the risk of your vehicle getting bogged down and stuck.You don’t need a vehicle with loads of gadgets and you should focus on functionality first, as long as the vehicle can you from A to B safely everything else is irrelevant. in general you want a simple vehicle without all the gadgets and tech of most modern vehicles as unfortunately having more tech and gadgets just adds to the list of potential things that could go wrong with it it.
6 important vehicle checks
Fuel – Always make sure your bug out vehicle has a full tank of gas as well as a spare jerry can filled as well. Running out of fuel in the wilderness is a very avoidable problem and if you follow this advice you should avoid this potential problem.
Electricity – Make sure you regularly check your vehicles electrical components to see that they are working properly, in particular the starter battery and motor. If these aren’t working properly then your vehicle may not even be able to go with you or could breakdown soon after you depart.
Lights – Check your lights are all working properly as visibility at night is low (especially if our power grid goes down and street lights stop working), without working lights driving in the dark is much more dangerous and not worth the risk. it would be wise to have some replacement bulbs handy for your vehicle and teaching yourself how to change them.
Tyres – Make sure your tyres are in good working order and not bald. Also make sure there are no slow punctures and if possible as with the lights try to have a couple of spares and teach yourself how to change them.
Engine Oil – Make sure your vehicle has enough oil, do not overfill it though as too much oil makes the engine inefficient and in a survival or off road situation you want it running as efficiently as possible.
Radiator – Make sure the vehicle’s radiator has enough water and isn’t damaged as an engine overheating in survival situation is inconvenient at the best of times and at the worst severely impacts your chances of survival.
Essential Equipment To Have in Your Survival Vehicle
Your vehicle is also a great place for some survival equipment. Maps and a compass should be kept in the vehicle in the event that you get lost or need to plan a route somewhere. We recommend keeping a spare fully charged phone in the vehicle for emergencies. You can leave it off and only turn it on when you really need it this tip has and will continue to save lives! Always have spare tires and the equipment needed to change them too, a flat tyre will render your vehicle useless eventually so this is pretty essential. Traction ladders are also a good idea as they are a major time and energy saver if your vehicle gets stuck on some rough terrain. We recommend keeping some drinking water on board too, you never know when you’re going to need some and if you are stranded having extra drinking water can keep you alive long enough to be rescued. Blankets and clothing should also be on hand in case you need to sleep in your vehicle or outdoors in the cold and lastly you should have a shovel for when you need to dig your vehicle out of a trench or if you need to build a shelter.
Other Vehicle Based Survival Tips
Keep your vehicle in a high gear, this will help prevent wheel spin and stop you getting stuck in thick mud. Try to drive in a straight line as much as possible, this will conserve fuel and tyre wear which could be issues if you spend an extended amount of time in the wilderness with your vehicle. If you are stranded stay close to your vehicle, you are more likely to be rescued as the vehicle is a bigger target and easier to see than a person on their own. and most of all don’t be overconfident, mother nature is a cruel beast and must be respected. Overconfidence will eventually be your downfall if you let it.
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