Car Survival: 3 Tips For When You’re On Your Own, MAD MAX Style

I don't know if you're one of the follks who ventured out during the lockdowns and quarantines

But if you were, you may have noticed something:

It was practically “MAD MAX” on the highways!

Because there was so much less traffic on the roads, and because police were busy elsewhere (and possibly short-staffed), it was like there was no law on the roads.

The result?

Everybody was tearing around like it was fury road” out there!

And all that got me to thinking.

It isn't just during pandemics, with normal services suspended, that you might be stranded on the road.

No matter when you drive, you need to follow…

3 Rules In Case You Find Yourself ON YOUR OWN On The Highway

3 Rules In Case You Find Yourself ON YOUR OWN On The Highway

If you have a break-down or even just blow a tire, you could find yourself stranded with no help.

Sometimes that's because, like during the pandemic, normal services (such as Triple A and towing) are strained and unavailable.

Other times, it's because you're very literally in “the middle of nowhere” (and given the time I spend in rural Texas, I know what it's like to be on your own when you break down).

The thing is, there are 3 rules every driver should be following… and way too many of us BREAK these rules.

If you just follow the rules, you'll be a lot more prepared if you ever DO have a break-down and discover that help is a long way off.

(They're SIMPLE rules, too… but you would be amazed how many people don't follow them.)

1. Never Leave Your Car Below 1/2 A Tank

Gas makes the difference between getting where you want to go if you can't find a station…

…and rolling to a stop while the engine sputters on fumes.

If you've ever run out of gas, you know how stupid it makes you feel.

But chances are pretty good that if you HAVE run out of gas, it's because you gambled that you could go just a little longer before you filled up again.

Instead of gambling with your car's range, always stop and get gas when the gauge goes under the half-tank mark.

That way, no matter what you're doing, you'll have plenty of extra gas to get there – and you'll have an “early warning” of half a tank when you start looking for a station.

2. Check Your Spare And Jack

Most cars have just a feeble “spare tire” donut, these days.

Because tires are pretty good, it's not uncommon for a driver to own a car for several years before getting a flat.

When that finally does happen, you might find that your donut isn't properly inflated – or, worse, your jack doesn't work.

(That happened to one of my employees, who discovered BOTH the jack AND the donut spare on a used car were no good… after he blew a tire on a dark, deserted highway.)

Even on a brand new car, check the jack and the spare periodically to make sure they both work.

You'll be glad you did if you do blow a tire.

3. Have A Way To Keep Your Phone Charged

Murphy's Law says that if anything can go wrong, it will, and at the worst possible time.

Wireless phones are better than ever these days… but they all suck power like crazy.

That means a phone that is 100% charged when you wake up could be hovering around 50% by noon (or worse).

Murphy's Law says that if you do break down and need to call for a tow (or other help), your phone will be close to dead…

…And your regular charger is probably back home, where it does you no good at all!

There are lots of devices on the market that let you keep your phone charged up, including battery packs and other devices.

(Some even have built-in flashlights and other safety gear.)

Pick one, and make sure you test it before you put it in your car.

You'll be grateful to have it when you need it.

(The flashlight option is especially important at night.)

Follow these three basic guidelines and you'll be a lot safer on the road – even now, when it's “anything goes” out there.

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Bugging Out: Is Your Bugout Survival Vehicle Missing These 4 Critical Items?

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

You've seen it in countless survival and disaster movies:

Volcanoes are erupting, great chasms are opening up in the Earth, and fire, brimstone, and plagues of frogs are raining down from the sky.

But don't worry; here comes the hero, Strongjaw McHandsomeface, riding to the rescue in his pimped out monster truck complete with roof rack, snorkel, and mounted fifty-caliber machineguns!

But do the movies REALLY tell you what you should be carrying in your bug-out vehicle?

Recently I spoke with expert Ryan Lee Price about the critical bug-out vehicle gear he recommends.

Here is a summary of what he told me.

Is Your Bugout Vehicle Missing These 4 Critical Survival Items?

Bugging Out: Bugout Vehicle Survival Gear
Ryan Lee Price

There isn't a prepper on the planet who hasn't fantasized about creating the ultimate bugout vehicle to see him through the zombie hordes and safely to his survival retreat.

But do you really know what you THINK you know about bugout vehicles and equipment?

People often overlook whether their bug out vehicle can physically reach its destination.

You have to be able to get there physically or there's no point in going.

If your vehicle can't handle the terrain physically, you're stuck and worse off.

If it breaks down, you're again stuck and worse off.

What this means is, you have to be able to take care of the vehicle itself.

This requires you to carry certain items to maintain the vehicle and get you out of trouble.

1. Air Pumps And Jacks

Your bug-out vehicle is only as good as its tires.

If you can't roll, you can't get where you're going.

Most of us don't have run-flat tires.

That means you've got to have the ability to maintain and replace your tires.

An air pump, like the kind that connects to your car's electrical system, can be invaluable, especially if you have a slow leak and you're miles from help.

Having a jack and a tire iron to replace your tire and put on the spare is also critical.

You would be amazed how many people are driving around without these.

2. Critical Fluids

If your car runs out of fuel, you won't be getting anywhere.

If it runs out of oil, it will seize up.

If it runs out of coolant for the radiator, it will overheat.

All of these are things you can be carrying with you just in case.

Keep in mind, though, that in the case of gas you can't just throw a gas can in the back seat.

It's best to keep fuel outside of the vehicle, such as on a tow rack on the back, to prevent fumes from accumulating inside the vehicle.

Having these critical fluids on hand could save you when the alternative is breaking down.

3. Jumper Cables and a Siphon Pump

If you aren't carrying a siphon pump or transfer pump, you should be.

These don't take up that much room.

They give you the ability to take fuel from broken down cars that might still have gas in them.

They also make it possible to transfer water quickly from one container to another.

(Obviously, you wouldn't use the same pump for both things in that order.)

Jumper cables are another item that lets you essentially “transfer electricity” from one vehicle to another.

And just like jacks and tire irons, you would be surprised how many people don't have jumper cables in case their batteries die.

4. Traction Mats And Tow Cables

Vehicles can get stuck even if there's nothing wrong with them.

Keeping a tow cable in your vehicle makes it possible for someone who isn't stuck to pull you free.

This may or may not work depending on how badly stuck the vehicle is.

In some cases, a traction mat might help.

These, too, don't take up a lot of space in the car.

Throwing down a traction mat can make it possible for the wheels to gain enough traction to get you out of a tough spot.

It works on the same principle as throwing down cat litter, or even a plank, when your tires are swamped in soft ground, snow, or mud.

The items listed here are all very important.

You should be carrying them if you aren't already.

They don't add up to much additional cargo, but they can really help prevent you from breaking down.

Keep that in mind.

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Bugout Tip (From Gov’t) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!

Bugout Tip (From Gov't) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!

“You can't eat bullets.”

“All those guns won't save you from a fire or an earthquake.”

“Why are you so paranoid?”

These are all things some people like to say to armed citizens when it comes to survival in a natural disaster or other emergency (like the current COVID-19 pandemic).

Now, look, I get the point these folks are trying to make.

No, weapons should not be your ONLY priority in an emergency.

But you also don't DARE ignore them, because now…

Even The Government Says To Arm Yourself In A Disaster!

Bugout Tip (From Gov't) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!
Bugout Tip (From Gov't) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!

Your government isn't exactly known for being on the “cutting edge” of preparing for a disaster:

They left a fleet of buses to be buried in flood water in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

They left thousands of bottles of water to sit, unused, during disaster recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

And they complained that it simply didn't have the resources to help people (seriously – FEMA. bureaucrats said this after Hurricane Maria)!

But now, the same people who famously confiscated guns from law-abiding citizens after Hurricane Katrina have changed their tune.

Specifically, more and more state governments are recognizing the REAL danger in a natural disaster.

What is that danger?

It's other people.

Lawmakers in Texas, last year, approved a new bill that lets legal gun owners carry handguns in public for up to a week after a natural disaster.

It passed in a very close vote, and the lawmakers argued about it a LOT before passing it.

An article in the The New Republic said…

According to a summary, bill supporters don't want to be “forced to leave handguns behind in vehicles or homes, where they could be at risk from looters.” [emphasis added]

The bill is a step in the right direction, but what it DOESN'T include is just as important:

The bill doesn't require relief shelters to let in people who are armed.

In other words, if you're an armed citizen and you intend to stay armed in a natural disaster…

…You're on your own!

What Laws Like This Mean For Your Survival

If more and more states – the same people who haven't exactly been quick to look out for you in the past – are recognizing the danger of natural disasters…

…you're already behind the curve if you aren't getting ready for this.

(Especially given all the attacks on gun sales and your gun rights that have happened since the pandemic started.)

Whether it's a home-leveling hurricane, a raging forest fire, an earthquake, a flood… it ISN'T the disaster itself that your government is now worrying about.

It's what comes AFTER the disaster, when innocent victims are preyed on by looters and other “human threats.”

Understanding the danger of looters and an increase in crime (which is exactly what happened after Hurricane Katrina turned New Orleans into a crime-ridden war zone) is the ONLY reason your state government would urge you to arm yourself in an emergency.

The problem has gotten so bad that state governments are flip-flopping from taking guns…

…to telling you you'd better make sure to have one, because “ain't nobody gonna help ya!”

I talk about this in-depth in in my best-selling bug out bag manual.

The time to prepare ISN'T when danger is forcing you out your front door…

…or when it's desperately trying to break in to get at your and your family.

Start arming… and preparing… now, while you can.

It could save your life.

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Bug-Out Vehicle Survival Gear: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes

Bugout Vehicle WROL SHTF Survival Gear Mistakes
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Lots of preppers fantasize about preparing bug-out vehicles to survive the apocalypse.

Even if you have the best bug-out truck in the world, if it's not equipped right, you won't survive.

In a survival scenario, failure equals DEATH.

So… have you forgotten to cover some life-or-death survival items?

Recently I spoke with expert Ryan Lee Price about the critical bug-out vehicle gear he recommends.

Here is a summary of what he told me.

Bug-Out Vehicle Survival Gear: Don't Make These Common Mistakes

Bugout Vehicle WROL SHTF Survival Gear Mistakes
Bugout Vehicle WROL SHTF Survival Gear Mistakes
Ryan Lee Price

When you're bugging out, just getting out isn't enough.

Your vehicle has to be able to handle the travel, yes.

But getting there won't help if the people INSIDE your vehicle aren't well when they get there.

In other words…

…You have to be able to take care of the passengers in your bug-out vehicle.

Here are three things to make sure you cover so that you can do that.

1. Do You Have Food And Water… That You Can Prepare?

You’ve got to stay hydrated and you’ve got to stay well fed.

Otherwise, it’s going to be a pretty short trip.

You can last for a couple of weeks without food, and you’re not going to really enjoy your trip.

But you’re only going to get a couple of days, or three or four days, without water before it becomes a serious life-or-death situation.

Keep food for three days for each person in your truck.

It’s not as much as you might think.

On the market there’s nutritional bars that you can do that have 2,500 calories, or a block of them that can feed a group of people.

Granted it’s not great eats, but you’re going to stay well fed.

Don't forget water, either: keep at least three gallons in your vehicle, which isn't a lot.

The standard is one gallon per person per day, but that includes water for hygiene, too.

In an emergency, you can cut back on that, because a gallon will last for three or four days if you're only drinking it.

Besides, water is very heavy, so you can't necessarily haul a lot of it.

Remember, also, that you have to be able to prepare the food you bring, so make sure you have the necessary tools and means to start a camping fire.

3. Do You Have ENOUGH First Aid?

In an emergency scenario, the first aid equipment you have may be the ONLY medical gear you've got.

There is real danger someone could get hurt in a bug out situation, too.

You’ll need first aid, or a decent first aid kit, to help the people that are hurt along your way.

  • You probably won't be able to go to a hospital.
  • There won’t be emergency services to come help you.
  • You’ll have to take care of yourself.

Include a few different first aid kits, including a trauma kit, because these are a little more robust.

You also need things to handle cuts, bruises, and burns.

Ninety percent of the accidents you'll experience are cuts and burns in emergencies.

As long as you have something to handle that, you'll be okay.

A tourniquet and a suture kit are also good ideas.

2. Do You Have Shelter?

Shelter might be one that takes you by surprise, but you’ve got to stay somewhere.

You could easily say, “Well, I’ll just sleep in my truck,” or, “I’ll sleep in the back of my car.”

But say you have four people in your car.

With full gear for four people, there’s not a whole lot of comfortable places to sleep the night.

You can get away with it for a couple of nights, but…

  • What if you have to abandon your vehicle?
  • What if it’s stuck in the snow, or stuck in the mud, or stuck in somewhere, or it’s stuck behind a barricade you can’t get around?
  • What if you've got to abandon it, but you’ve got to keep moving?

You'll need some sort of tent or some sort of emergency shelter, a sleeping bag, or just an emergency tube tent.

Another alternative is a tarp with some paracord that you can fashion a tent out of.

You also have to keep warm, which is why sleeping bags matter.

(Thick wool blankets are another option.)

Make sure, when you're bugging out, that you pay attention to your needs for food, first aid, and shelter.

These sound like basics, but you would be surprised how many people overlook these details.

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