The average person spends 101 minutes in their car every day, according to a Harvard Medical School newsletter. That figure accounts for more than 25 days a year spent locked down in your car and vulnerable to natural disasters and traffic jams.
With so much time spent in our vehicles, it’s highly probable the day will come when the quality of the gear on your vehicle could mean the difference between life and death. Stay diligent and prepared for a natural disaster, economic crisis or warfare with a car that’s ready to go and peel out when it really matters.
Secure the Ultimate Prepper Vehicle
In an ideal world, you can pick your own bug-out vehicle to handle whatever crisis comes your way from earthquakes to a hurricane. The Mercedes-Benz Unimog provides durable off-roading capabilities designed for disaster emergencies whether you’re fleeing the city for the mountains or over shrapnel and urban decay. Attach a snow plow to help bust through government roadblocks and sweep away the carnage from a viral epidemic.
If you live near water, an amphibious vehicle is mandatory for a quick escape. The Gibbs Quadski Amphibious Four Wheel Drive Quad can handle rough terrain with a 175-horsepower engine before tucking in its tires within five seconds to make a water escape. Be warned this vehicle only gains speeds of about 45 miles per hour on land, so isn’t going to be much help during mass hysteria in a land-locked city.
Plan Your BOV Retrofitting
Retrofit your bug out vehicle to survive a bombing terrorist attack with ballistic armor. While a military-grade vehicle is ideal, you can also retrofit a Suburban or other SUV with 4-wheel drive. Outfit your car with layered ballistic panels to withstand armor piercings and shrapnel blasts. On short notice, simplified ballistic plates can be made from a piece of steel, though they will be heavy to install.
Remember to upgrade your tires for a quick getaway. Look at Nitto tires for ultra high performance sport driving. Ultra grip tires with year-round high performance traction is crucial for months on the road. Ship them to your home for free through TireBuyer.com so you can have a spare set on hand with the rest of your preparedness gear.
An upgraded engine is also a must if you’re using heavy ballistic plates, as the armor may weigh down your vehicle. Nitrous oxide can help compensate for engine lag to help you be able to quickly peel out in a moment’s notice if guerrillas take over your city or warfare topples nearby buildings.
Stock Up on Escape Tools
Prepare to peel out and free yourself from your car when disaster strikes. After accelerating and fleeing the scene, slow down to prepare to escape from a riot or coup d’etat as needed. A seat belt cutter may be necessary to free yourself when approaching a mob or to escape an over-turned car. It can also double as a defense tool against looters and advantageous survivalists and guerrillas.
Remember to pack a window breaker within easy reach of both your steering wheel and the seat belt cutter. Try breaking a back window to preserve your windshield in case you need to camp out in your car and brace yourself from the elements.