Choosing the right bugout vehicle has to be part of any serious survival preparations. You can't expect to be at your safe camp when the apocalypse comes and while your regular vehicle may be ideal for every day transportation, it may not do in the long term. You'll need to think ahead to a world where the outside air may not be safe to breathe or the terrain around your home won't support a regular chassis.
When you're planning your survival strategy, it can be hard to know what sort of TEOTWAWKI event might occur. However, there are several key features that your bugout vehicle should have regardless of which survival scenario you're preparing for:
These key features will rule out the large majority of commercially available cars, but it's possible to find regular vehicles that will fit the criteria without breaking the bank:
Gotta admit, some are a bit extreme!
Other vehicles that could do the job –
The Dirtbike/ Motocross bike – light on fuel, can go anywhere offroad and more, will get you out of danger quickly and you can carry your bug out bag on your back. Drawbacks – usually noisy and could attract the wrong attention, only small spares can be carried, you’re out in the elements and no real room for passengers.
Toyota Hilux, BBC’s top gear could not kill one, even when they left it on top of a tower block and detonated it, it was also left in the sea, hit with a wrecking ball, set on fire... and so on…….the Hilux still started, still ran.
Early Landrovers – easy to repair, little in the way of electronics, has great off road capabilities but comfort can be compromised & most are petrol.
Mercedes W123 & W124 diesels (estates and similar) – although low slung, they can run on bio-diesel, or chip-oil. Many can be run to a million miles on the clock and are mostly indestructible. Over-engineered and strong as a tank, but becoming more expensive to buy.
Older Volvo 740 diesels (estates and similar) – for the same reasons above, and you have the load lugging space as well. Less expensive than the Mercedes W123 & W124.
Top Gear - Vegetable oil for your volvo diesel - BBC
Remember however newer vehicle models have specific complex filters which means that they may not run on veg-oil. So do check first before you buy certain models as bug out vehicles.
A car that runs on veg-oil, is always a diesel. A petrol car will not run on vegetable oil. A vehicle that runs on veg-oil could be a critical lifesaver. Gas stations will undoubtedly run dry quickly, and also they could be a place of violence when the remaining gas is fought over. Not a place you would want either you or your family to be.
Above all, your bugout vehicle needs to be accessible. There's no point in buying a massive SUV if you have nowhere to store it safely. Ideally, you should store the vehicle in a lock up somewhere nearby so that you're not putting wear and tear on it ahead of time. If you are using the car as your regular transportation method, make sure you perform monthly maintenance on it so it is in good condition when you need it most.