Here is another guest post from Robert Foster on How to Upgrade Your Vehicle for an Emergency.
How to Upgrade Your Vehicle for an Emergency
According to Yahoo Finance, there are roughly 3.7 million preppers and survivalists in the United States. While some of them prepare for long, overblown disasters, some of them simply get the basic necessities – clothing, food and shelter – for short-term emergencies.
While most of us couldn’t live without our cars – an average person spends 17, 600 minutes in their every year – people don’t usually think of their cars as a piece of survival gear. However, your car will not only provide you transportation to a safe place if a disaster strikes, but it will also become shelter.
Upgrading your car for an emergency could potentially save the lives of your family members, so it’s vital to you have a well-maintained and well-prepared car at all times. You never know when a disaster will strike…
Inspection and Upkeep in Advance
The state regulations that require you to do yearly inspections of your vehicle are there for a reason. But a financial fine shouldn’t be your main motivation for these inspections. You should do a quick check up every few months or so, because the vehicle you drive on a daily basis keeps you safe.
Now, you don’t need years of experience as a mechanic to know that something is wrong with your vehicle. So in order to bypass the middleman – mechanic in this case – here are a couple of basic things you should look into before you start preparing emergency kits and loading up your car:
- You need to make sure that your tires are properly inflated and that they are in good shape overall
- Make sure that all of the lights are functioning properly and that your wipers are good condition
- If you breaks are making any squealing noises, you need to pay a visit to your mechanic
- If you battery has shown any signs of corrosion, change it ASAP – you should nevertheless change it every two or three years to avoid any surprises.
An Emergency Kit for Your Car
If you’re a seasoned survivalist, then you don’t even need to go over this item on the list, because we’re sure you already have all of these items stacked somewhere in your house. And all you need to do is keep your emergency kit at hand so you can transport it quickly to your vehicle.
But if you’re a newbie, here are a couple of things you need to add to your kit when you start preparing your car:
- A couple of gallons of water, however, the exact number depends on the number of family members
- A few packs of energy bars, cans of vegetables and a healthy food survival kit with all the essentials
- You also need a couple of small pans and collapsible stove if need to prepare your food
- A couple of heavy-duty trash bags, rain ponchos and a few wool blankets for your family
A Repair Kit You Need in Your Car
We shouldn’t even explain this – just imagine if a natural disaster happens, and you get stranded in a middle of nowhere with a flat tier without a spare one. What are going to do then? Call a toiling company? We don’t think so…
So when you’re preparing your car for a disaster, you need to make some space in your trunk for the following items:
- One or two spare tires, along with a tire repair kit, which includes jack and tire iron
- An ice scraper and snow brush; also a multi-use shovel if you live in the countryside
- You need have the basic emergency box with jumper cables, fire extinguishers and jumper cables
- Also, you should have a funnel, siphon and an empty gas can, just in case you need scavenge for fuel at any point.
Finally, when preparing your car for an emergency, make sure not to go overboard. You’ll surely be tempted to stock your car with all sorts of items. But you have to be realistic – you probably don’t need all of those things in case of a disaster.
Therefore, it’s better to stick to what you need – the bare essentials we listed above – because you’ll have a hard time carrying all of those extra items with you. But if you really want to pack some additional items, it should be water and food.
We want your feedback! So make sure to leave a comment in the comment section bellow and share your thoughts about emergency car prep with the rest of us. By Robert Foster
|Robert Foster is a 30-year-old fitness instructor, nature survivalist and a part-time blogger for http://prosurvivalist.com/. He spends most of his free time outdoors and if you can’t find him for a couple of days, he’s probably somewhere on a biking, cycling or a hiking holiday again.|
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