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When the end of the world is nigh, and the zombies are moving into your neighborhood, you and your family will be ready. You have well-stocked bug out bags that are ready to go, you know all the safest places to head to, and you have purchased plenty of water, shelf-stable food, and other survival supplies.
Now it’s time to finalize your plans for your vehicle and transportation. This is very important. What good are all your supplies if you don’t have a vehicle that can reliably get you to a save location? The following tips can help.
Select Your Vehicle
Choose a vehicle that will not attract a lot of attention. There is plenty of debate about what type of transportation is best when the zombies are heading your way. Some argue that horseback is the way to go, still others will claim that going by foot is the ideal way to get around.
However, if you have a family and a lot of items that you have to transport, a reliable vehicle is probably going to be your best bet. In addition to allowing you to head just about anywhere, they are much faster than other modes of transportation and are safer than motorcycles.
The key is to select a vehicle that is not only strong and sturdy, but is also unlikely to attract a lot of attention. The louder the vehicle is, the greater the chance that zombies will see it. Also, since zombies are attracted to lights (well, supposedly they are), take off as many of the headlights and reverse lights as you can, as well as the turn signals.
SUVs, Jeeps and Pickups. These three bug out vehicles are especially great choices for a post apocalyptic world, notes Zombie Response Team. Granted, these are a bit louder than your average Toyota Prius, but these vehicles can also be outfitted with accessories that can haul alternative forms of transportation.
While you probably don’t want to stockpile numerous cars for use after the end of the world—after all, you pretty much just need one reliable vehicle to get you to safety—it does make sense to have more than one transportation option along the way.
Consider adding a high-strength aluminum bike rack to an SUV, jeep or pickup and carry at least a couple of bikes with you. This way, if the worst comes to worst and you run out of fuel, you won’t be stuck going by foot for the rest of your journey.
Fortunately, buying a vehicle to keep on hand for the apocalypse does not have to break the bank. Use an online auto search tool to browse used cars. As a bonus, used cars don’t tend to come with as many computerized bells and whistles as new cars that are nice to have but difficult to fix.
Buy extra gas and store it properly. Just like you want to have enough water on hand, you should also be sure to stockpile enough gas for your vehicle. It is far easier to buy extra gas ahead of time and keep it on hand rather than fight the massive panicked lines of people at the gas station.
Pick up some extra red plastic storage tanks and fill them with the correct type of gas for your post-apocalyptic BOV. Since gas does become less potent over time, consider putting in an additive fuel stabilizer. In terms of how much to have stored up, try to have enough to get you to your bug out location, and then probably a good 10 gallons on top of that.