6 Steps For Car Survival

6 Steps For Car Survival

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1. How to Fill Your Gas Tank to Help Survive a Crisis

If you’re like the majority of Americans you might be the kind of person who

waits until your gas tank is close to empty before filling.  This is a definite no-no.

Even worse is letting the tank go empty and then only filling it with a few gallons

till you run empty again.  The best way to fill your gas tank is to fill it full and

fill it often.  Why exactly?  Imagine you’re driving during a winter night and

all of the sudden you get socked in by a major snowstorm. There’s no telling

how long it might be before you’re able to receive emergency help and at that

point the only thing that’s going to provide you with a reliable source of heat

is your car’s heater.  While I’ll cover what exactly to do in this situation in

another post, the truth is a full gas tank extends your car’s ability to generate

heat for days.  Another reason to have close to a full tank of gas is if you ever

need to get out of dodge you can just go.  No need to stop at a gas station, like

everyone else will be doing, as you’ll be able to cruise for hundreds of miles

before a fill up.  If you’ve got the ability a Jerry can of gas attached to your

car is also a good idea.

jerry cans

But be careful that it’s attached firmly to your car as gas in a crisis will be a

valuable commodity and could be taken from you. Which leads me to my

next point.

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2. Be Careful With What’s Attached To Your Car

Cars are a great survival utility because they’re mobile, enclosed, and also have

the ability to tow survival gear.  That’s also a problem in a survival situation.

If you decide to strap additional survival items to your car then you’re inviting

people to target you and rip you off. It’s just a simple fact. People resort to

thievery and violence in crisis situations and if they see you’re well prepared

you could become a victim.  There are several things you can do to prevent

this from happening.  The first thing I recommend is to keep you gear covered.

You can do this with a tarp, or you can use storage boxes that lock.  The idea

here is to ensure people can’t see what you’re carrying.  As far as they know if

your items are covered you might be carrying a stroller and sports equipment

on you car.  The other thing to do is ensure your items are firmly locked to your

vehicle.  So do your best to ditch bungee cords and instead work with chains

or other devices which lock and can’t be cut.  By indicating your survival items

are secure you’re decreasing the likelihood of being targeted in a crisis situation.

tool boxes

If you have survival items inside your car keep them covered too. You don’t

want people peering in your car and discovering inside is the mother load of

survival tools.  One other thing to keep in mind is it doesn’t just take a crisis

situation to become a victim.  There are other instances where you need to be

prepared.  And many of these are really serious in today’s political and social

climate.  Check out some of the most common situations below.

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3. Why You Should Watch out For Road Rage

Everyone knows what road rage is but not many people realize how serious of

a problem it is.  In my opinion road rage comes from the high levels of stress

that can result from driving a car in and out of traffic as well as a failure to

admit responsibility for one’s own actions…yes even I’m guilty sometimes.

When road rage really becomes a problem though is when two people both

experiencing road rage and are involved in an altercation. That’s when tempers

flare and disaster can result.  So what can you do to prevent from becoming

the victim of road rage?  Well if you notice someone in another car is behaving

erratically and appears to be flying off the handle then it means you need to

do everything you can not to rise and meet their anger.  As much as you

might want to it’s just not a good idea.

Man in car gesticulating angrily at another driver (blurred motion)

I suggest keeping your car windows rolled up, avoiding eye contact with the

individual (as this invites confrontation) and staying in your car. Yes, this

is true even if they’ve gotten out of their car and are screaming loudly and

punching or kicking your car.  The only time I suggest getting out of the car

is if you can see the person in question is about to inflict bodily harm to you

or another. Then you aren’t just justified in retaliating it’s probably going to

be the only option you’re left with.  These same tips can be applied too another

common car survival situation that I’ll cover in point 4 below.

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4. How to Survive a Carjacking

Carjacking is a serious crime that happens consistently across the nation.

My first piece of advice is to recognize whether the area you live in is a hot

spot for carjacking. Cities like Detroit, Philadelphia, L.A. among others are

known for high carjacking rates.  Keep in mind it’s not just cities you need

to worry about, it can also be your location that exposes you to this horrible

crime.  Covered parking garages with low lighting as well as remote areas

like rest stops and rural areas are also prime spots for carjacking.

So keeping your head about you and paying attention to what’s going on

while you’re either in your car or approaching your car is always a good idea.


Another thing you’ll want to do is keep your car windows rolled up and doors

locked,  especially when you approach stoplights in sketchy neighborhoods.

Auto-glass is made out of tempered glass which is quite tough. That means

it’s going to take a lot of force to break the glass to get you out of the car. Same

thing’s true of keeping your door locked. It’s going to be very hard to get you

of your car if both the window and doors are locked.  Of course the obvious

question here is what do you do if they’ve got a gun at your face?  That’s a legitimate

question.  My first response would be to again, keep your situational awareness

about you. If you can drive away then put the petal to the metal.  Beyond that

it’s going to be a personal call.  While I’m not going to give you any specific

advise on carrying a gun for situations like this I suggest you do some additional

research about that kind of scenario.  More than a handful of people have successfully

defended themselves in situations like this using a gun. If you feel like that’s

something you should do then please do your due diligence, get trained, and

speak to a self-defense professional about it.

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5. Be Prepared To Get Away

The beauty of a car is it moves and it’ll move you fast.  On the other hand if

you’re ever caught in a full blown crisis all the major thoroughfares might

be blocked which could keep you trapped unable to move anywhere.  So what

do you do for instances like this?  My suggestion is to always have:  A. pre-planned

escape routes in place, and B. a well maintained car ready to evacuate with ease.

With these things taken care of before hand you can hopefully make a clean exit

and get to somewhere safe.  And of course if you’re ever stuck in traffic it’s

going to help to have all the necessities you might need to wait it out.  Which

is why #6 is probably one of the most important tips in this entire blog post

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6.  Keep A Comprehensive Survival Kit With You At All Times

Survival kits in your car are an absolute essential.

My personal recommendation is to have a dedicated car survival kit, but

if you’re trying to save money you can move one from home to car to office

if you desire.


What exactly might that include?

I recommend the following:

  • Emergency food – 3 days worth
  • Emergency water – 3 days worth
  • Emergency clothing – warm or cool gear
  • Emergency flares –
  • Jumper Cables
  • First aid kit
  • Multi tool
  • Emergency Stove
  • Map (paper map)
  • Car escape tool
  • Lighter
  • Space blanket or wool blanket
  • Paracord or rope
  • Poncho
  • Duct Tape
  • Wet wipes or TP       At the end of the day you can’t underestimate the importance of asurvival kit.  Without one if you were ever caught in a crisis you’re

    car survival chances are significantly reduced.



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