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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Bugging Out: Are You Making These 4 LIFE-OR-DEATH Mistakes?

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Most people think bugging out is going to be a romantic “jaunt” down the road with a backpack on.

They’ll travel and camp for three days, after which they’ll get where they’re going, and everything will be fine.

But the fact is that people constantly underestimate what is involved in bugging out.

Real bugging out is going to be a lot more like that book and movie, The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.

(If you haven’t read it or seen the movie, do so ASAP).

Most people, in fact, make four BIG mistakes that could get you killed in a real-life crisis.

I talked to survival expert Kevin Reeve, and here is a run-down of what he told me about those mistakes.

Are You Making These 4 Bug-out Mistakes?

Kevin Reeve
Kevin Reeve

Now, hopefully, you’ll be bugging out early, and things won’t be anywhere near that grim.

If they are (or are even close), here are the four biggest mistakes people make in their bug-out preparation…

Bug-out Mistake #1: Overestimating Your Physical Fitness

No two ways about it… you have to be physically fit to travel to a secondary safe zone.

The average person can travel about 15-25 miles per day carrying a 35-lb backpack or less – children much less than this in both distance and weight.

If you’re not fit for the “hike”, that distance is going to be even less than that… perhaps as little as 5-10 miles per day.

(That doesn’t get you very far over a 3-day period now, does it?)

Think twice about that second cheeseburger and consider putting that $2.47 toward a gym membership instead, eh?

Bug-out Mistake #2: Overestimating Your Skill Level

So you’ve watched Man Vs. Wild until your eyes bled and now you think you can build a fire with nothing more than a pine cone and a chocolate bar, huh?

Things always look easy on television… but can be much harder when you go to put the skills you’ve learned to the test in a remote environment.

The best way to test that knowledge is to… well… TEST that knowledge.

Choose one skill a week to put it to the test (more if you can handle it) and see how it really plays out without the instruction guide.

Bug-out Mistake #3: Overestimating What Your Equipment Can Do For You

Cheap gear will leave you stranded and cussing at the irony of how the item that was supposed to save your heiney in a disaster has now become a big paperweight.

Thing is, the only way you’ll ever find out is to put it to the test – yes, actually use it.

Take all of your gear out and see how it performs in a realistic scenario… and then even in unrealistic scenarios!

Do it right after buying it so you can send it back to China if it doesn’t pass muster.

Bug-out Mistake #4: Not Having A Destination Set

One of the most critical elements of a bug out plan is having a destination to go to, actually knowing where you’re trying to get.

(It’s not just wandering along like in a Dean Martin road movie.)

There’s no point in leaving home, where you have food and water and some level of security, unless you know you’re going somewhere better.

But there’s no point in leaving at all unless you have someplace defined!

There is no way, unless you have a specific plan about where you going and what you’ll expect to find when you get there, that you should ever leave home in the first place.

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