As preppers, we all know that the day may come when we have to leave our homes and seek shelter in a safer location. Preppers call this “bugging out”. It would be ideal if we could stay in our homes during a major emergency since most of the supplies that we store are kept there but the fact is that at some point, we might actually have to bug out.
Hopefully you have taken the time to prepare a bug out bag (72 hour kit) for each member of your family. If you have, you can quickly throw it in your vehicle and be on your way. If you haven’t taken the time to do this, you’ll find yourself frantically scrambling as you try to think of things that you should take with you at the last moment.
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One of the most important things to keep in mind about bugging out is that you do need to have some way to get to your destination. For most of us, this will be our vehicles. We live in a fast-paced world and unfortunately, many of us don’t think about refueling our gas tanks until they are nearly empty. When it comes to thinking like a prepper, we need to change this mindset. Instead of waiting until your gas tank is nearly empty to refill it, it’s a much better idea to use every opportunity that you have to fill your tanks and keep them as full as possible at all times.
Ask Yourself This Important Question
Think about it, if you had to bug out right now, how much gas is in your car’s tank? Chances are that you have less than a half a tank of gas in your vehicle if you’re like most people. How far do you think you can get on a quarter tank of gas?
During a major natural disaster or doomsday scenario, one of the first places that people will head is to the gas station. When this happens, gas stations will have vehicles lined up for miles and they may actually run out of gas before you get a chance to fill your tank up.
Might I suggest that if you are in the habit of waiting until your vehicle’s tank is nearly empty before you refill it, that you form a new habit. I would suggest that when your vehicle is three quarters of the tank full, stop and fill it up. Some people may think that I’m being a little bit eccentric by making this recommendation but one thing is for sure, if “I” ever have to bug out, I know that my vehicle’s fuel tank will be almost full at all times.
I know that I can make it to our family’s pre-planned bug out location on one tank of fuel. Some preppers aren’t this fortunate so they plan on taking extra gas with them when they bug out. You’ll have to make your own decision about whether or not to incorporate this idea into your bug out strategy.
A Couple of Other Things to Keep in Mind
In addition to making sure that you have a full tank of gas at all times, it’s important to make sure that your vehicle is in good repair. Make sure that you have your vehicle serviced at regular intervals so that when the time comes that you need to cram your family into your car and hit the road, your vehicle will be much more likely to actually be dependable enough to get you to where you need to go.
While we’re on the subject of keeping your vehicle prepared for this situation, it would be a good time to mention that you should keep spare engine fluids in your vehicle as well. Make sure that you keep extra supplies such as engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and automatic transmission fluid, in your vehicle at all times. It’s much better to have these items stored neatly away in your vehicle’s trunk and not need them than to find yourself in route to your bug out location and discover that you’re running low on one of these items.
Lastly, take the time now to make sure that your spare tire is inflated to the proper level and that you actually have a jack and lug wrench in your vehicle. You might also want to keep a can of a product like Fix-A-Flat® in your trunk in the event that you happen to run over a nail or one of your tires somehow develops a slow leak.
Remember, emergency preparedness isn’t just about making sure that you have a supply of food and water on hand, there are many more aspects that preppers should consider and keeping your vehicle in peak operating condition as well as keeping its gas tank full is just one of those things that all preppers should do.