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When you decided to become a Car Prepper and invest in a survival vehicle, you likely did so with the very best intentions of protecting your family. However, one of the biggest mistakes Car Preppers make is not keeping things in tip-top shape year-round and getting lazy on how they maintain a survival vehicle.
One of the worst feelings would be to suddenly need your vehicle, only to find that the engine won’t start, or thinking you had enough of a specific medial supply but realizing you don’t. So in this article, we are going to examine the critical ways you can maintain your vehicle, so everything is ready when you need it most.
Here are ways to maintain a survival vehicle:
- Drive it at least once a month
- Regularly test onboard survival systems
- Quality check food and medical items
- Learn how to service the vehicle yourself
- Simulate a disaster scenario
1) Drive it at least once a month
We all know the feeling when we get into a rental car the first time, and the first 5 minutes, we are searching around trying to get acclimated to the new environment. Once we drive it off the parking lot, it takes a while to get used things like the acceleration, braking, turning, and even windshield wipers. However, during a catastrophic event, every minute counts, and you want to have already established a comfort level driving the vehicle. With potential chaos breaking out on the roads all around you, you need to be focusing all your attention on what lies ahead.
2) Regularly test your onboard survival systems
You decided to go the extra mile and purchase quality survival systems such as UV water filtration, waste management, and solar power to be prepared when SHTF. The problem that many Preppers encounter is that they don’t regularly test those systems. Your survival vehicle isn’t meant to be a “set it and forget it” type of system. To truly be ready, you will need to ensure that everything works as intended prior to needing them.
3) Quality check food and medical supplies
Every six months, we recommend going through all your food and medical supplies and spot-checking their quality. Are there any fast approaching expiration dates or product recalls? Also, has your family size increased since you initially stocked the vehicle, and now inventory needs to be adjusted? Make sure that the potential life-saving products you stock in your bug out vehicle are ready to be used or consumed at all times.
4) Learn how to service the vehicle yourself
Arguably one of the most important skills you will need to know for maintaining your survival vehicle is knowing how to fix and service it yourself. We recommend practicing things like replacing critical components such as brakes, spark plugs, engine components, oil, tires, etc. so you are comfortable with the procedures. In addition, consider making this a family affair and teach everyone in the household how to fix and maintain various parts of the car. You never know if you may become incapacitated and will need help while out in the wild.
5) Simulate a disaster scenario
There’s a reason why you hear sirens sporadically going off in the neighborhood, or see emergency test warnings periodically flash across your television screen. City and local governments know that something terrible happening is only a matter of time, so they prioritize testing their emergency responsiveness systems all year round. You should consider taking your family through a similar drill, reenacting what it would be like in a real-world scenario. One idea would be to wake the family up in the middle of the night, get in your vehicle, and bug out to your survival site.