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5 Considerations For Preppers With Bug Out Vehicles

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Countless Americans own a vehicle. Unfortunately, countless Americans also lack the know-how and resources to maintain their vehicle independently. This doesn’t normally pose a huge threat. After all, you can always visit the local mechanic for all your automotive needs. But what about when SHTF?In an emergency situation you likely won’t be able to depend on a mechanic to keep your car on the road. That’s why it’s vital to pay attention to these survival tips and learn to do the basic repairs/maintenance yourself so you’re ready when a crisis hits.

5 Considerations For Preppers With Bug Out Vehicles

Consider The Factors Realistically

Own a car and have a commute? Then you’re well aware of many of the pitfalls driving can have on you and your car. For instance, you have to deal with traffic, you have to consistently fill up your tank, and you’re often stuck in stop-and-go traffic.

Not to mention, you have to protect your car from inclement weather (and then repair it when it gets hurt by hail damage, etc.

You also have to do all the necessary maintenance and repairs necessary (both big and small) to keep your car running.

Well, the truth is billions of people have cars – and most will want to continue using them after SHTF. As such, it’s likely you’ll be facing these same hardships in en emergency situation. Not to mention, many of these problems will become a lot worse once that crisis hits.

Many people fall into the mistaken belief they’ll be the only one on the road after SHTF. However, it’ll likely be the opposite. That’s why it’s important to grasp that reality now, and maximize your vehicle’s usefulness.

Consider The State Of Your Vehicle
Now, to be honest, most preppers would love nothing more than having the below vehicle as their ultimate bug-out transportation.

However, most people can’t afford that, and it often isn’t realistic for different situations. Furthermore, many people don’t have the funds to purchase a whole other “bug-out vehicle” that’s going to sit and wait for when things go south.

As such,  it’s safe to assume that most people will likely be utilizing their current car as their bug-out vehicle in an emergency event. And this comes with a few questions you need to consider. For instance…

“Would you trust your current vehicle to drive over 2,000 miles without issues?”

If you’re hesitant to say yes, then it’s important to start looking at alternative options. This may be biting the bullet and purchasing another car. Or it might involve taking other forms of transportation. It may even mean changing your prepping plan, and preparing to bug-in rather than bugging out.

“Can you perform routine maintenance  to your car?”

It’s important to then consider all the routine repairs and maintenance your car will require. This includes oil changes, gas fill-ups, and regular checks to make sure your tires, brakes, lights, etc. are in working order. Do you know how to do these yourself (and what to do if they need maintenance)? Make sure you do before an emergency situation occurs.

“Is this the best vehicle for bugging out?”

The truth is, the car you rely on day-in and day-out may not be the best option for your SHTF experience (no matter its condition). In fact, it’s not necessarily true that “any car is better than no car at all.”

For instance, if your go-to car is an expensive SUV or a flashy sports car, this will likely work against you in a crisis. That’s because these are obvious signs to others that you’ve got lots of money. And with lots of money often comes lots of food, survival tools, water, etc.

Heck, even that enormous tactical tank you saw in the video above would likely do much more harm than good. Why? It’s screaming to everyone else “Look at me, I’m super prepared and have loads of cash.” And this kind of thing will give you LOTS of unwanted attention by looters and thieves.

In short, keeping a low profile is a MUST for surviving an emergency situation. And that goes for your car as well.

Basic Repairs You Need To Know How To Perform

Most preppers assume “survival skills” refer to things like hunting, gathering food, foraging for plants, etc. However, vehicle maintenance is an exemplary survival skill that any vehicle owner MUST have.

The truth is there’s a variety of repairs you can make to your car that don’t require a mechanic’s help. Things like…

  • Changing your oil
  • Repairing minor leaks
  • Checking your battery
  • Replacing your battery
  • Replacing your air filter
  • Switching out spark plugs
  • Rotating tires
  • Changing a flat tire

If this all seems a bit much, never fear. Many (if not all) of these can be learned through watching online tutorials on YouTube. There’s also countless books and online resources you can use to help you become more comfortable with your car.

Need more knowledge? There’s always the trusty Owner’s Manual. And, not to mention, if you require some extra assistance, make friends with a mechanic (or watch them while they work and ask questions). By adopting the mentality of a student, you’ll open yourself up to learning all about your vehicle (and likely be way more successful when SHTF).

Know What To Keep In Your Vehicle

Although every vehicle is different, the toolkit you need to keep in your car is very much the same across the board. It should include:

  • Socket and ratchet set
  • Car jack and tire iron
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver set
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Torque wrench
  • Jumper cables
  • Work gloves
  • Axe (helpful for removing fallen trees/branches blocking the road)
  • Electrical tape
  • Shovel
  • Seat belt cutter
  • Spare parts

Granted, this is the bare minimum of what to keep in your vehicle. There’s many more things to consider (see our blogs here and here for more ideas). But it’s a start.

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Mayorkas in Hot Seat For Allegedly Encouraging Illegals to Vote for Biden


During a recent congressional budget hearing, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas found himself under intense scrutiny by Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) concerning a deeply troubling allegation. The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project reported the discovery of a flyer, purportedly from Resource Center Matamoros, which brazenly encourages migrants to vote for President Joe Biden, promising, “We need another four years of his term to stay open.” This inflammatory material, allegedly found by independent journalists in Mexico and reported by Muckraker, raises grave concerns about the integrity of our electoral process.

The flyer, still unverified by mainstream media outlets and missing from the Resource Center Matamoros’s official resources, points to a potential scandal of significant proportions. The implications are severe—suggesting a concerted effort to manipulate U.S. elections by influencing the migrant population, a group explicitly ineligible to participate in our voting system.

Rep. Bishop confronted Mayorkas directly: “The Heritage Foundation Oversight Project has released this document that is allegedly a flyer distributed by a non-governmental organization in Mexico called the Resource Center Matamoros … which is said to read, in part, if translated, ‘Reminder to vote for President Biden when you are in the United States. We need another four years of his term to stay open,'” illustrating a critical lapse in border security and immigration enforcement under the current administration.

Mayorkas’s response was both dismissive and inadequate, stating that “individuals who are not citizens of the United States cannot vote in federal elections” and claiming that DHS does not oversee election enrollments but merely enforces border policies. However, this response starkly highlights the core issue—the Biden administration’s lax enforcement and oversight policies, which have allowed millions, including two million undocumented ‘got-aways,’ to potentially exploit loopholes in the electoral registration process.

Secretary Mayorkas and the Biden administration must be held accountable for their role in what appears to be a flagrant disregard for the laws that safeguard both our borders and our ballots. This incident is not an isolated blip but a symptom of a broader, more disturbing trend under Secretary Mayorkas’s DHS: a deliberate softening of immigration policies that seem designed to favor political over practical interests.

It’s imperative for the integrity of our democratic process that thorough investigations are conducted. If migrants are indeed being instructed, implicitly or explicitly, to support a particular political outcome, such actions must be met with the full force of the law. We must demand more than lackluster assurances from our leaders; we need concrete actions and transparent accountability to restore faith in our immigration system and electoral integrity.


Illegals Get the VIP Treatment from Biden's DHS!

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Biden’s Blunders: Scripted Leadership in Crisis Times?


Once again, President Biden has been caught on camera, not trusting his own words during crucial moments. During a recent Oval Office meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister, while the world reels from a violent missile and drone attack by Iran on Israel, Biden couldn’t step away from his pre-written scripts.

Photographs reveal that Biden, aged 81, resorted to a detailed cheat sheet, which embarrassingly included all-caps stage directions for pausing, allowing for translation. This was during his first public address since the devastating attack on Israel over the weekend. The contrast was stark next to Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’a Al-Sudani, who spoke freely, without the aid of notes.

Instead of addressing the nation live while missiles were still threatening lives, the White House chose to “call a lid” early in the evening, opting only to release staged photos of Biden in the Situation Room. It was only after the immediate crisis had eased that Biden communicated with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express U.S. support, and convened a discussion with G7 leaders—again, following the script too cautiously, reportedly urging Netanyahu to limit Israel’s response, seemingly more worried about political optics than decisive leadership.

In public, Biden stated, “The United States is committed to Israel’s security…We are committed to a cease-fire that will bring the hostages home and prevent the conflict from spreading further.” Yet, these words, read from his script, now ring hollow, reflecting a pattern of relying on scripted safety nets even in supposedly spontaneous discussions.

This tendency to lean heavily on pre-written prompts was noted not only in moments of international crisis but also in less formal settings like private fundraisers, causing discomfort among his own supporters, as per reports from Axios.

As crises unfold, the leader of the free world should be expected to address his nation and the world with conviction and authenticity, not hide behind carefully curated words. The frequent appearance of Biden’s cheat sheets raises concerning questions about his ability to lead through unscripted challenges—where real leadership is tested not by the ability to follow a script, but to speak from the heart and adapt with strength.



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Migrant Invaders Brazenly Charge at Swimmers in Speedboat


In a blatant affront to American sovereignty, a dozen illegal immigrants executed a dangerous and illegal invasion of our shores, arriving at a California beach via speedboat with reckless disregard for the safety of Americans enjoying their leisure time. One surfer narrowly escaped harm as the vessel tore through the water at high speeds, a clear symbol of the contempt these lawbreakers hold for our laws and our people.

This latest episode in Carlsbad, a mere 30 miles north of San Diego, is a chilling reminder of the organized lawlessness that is being orchestrated across our borders. Once ashore, these illegal entrants scurried toward luxury vehicles, suggesting a level of premeditation and support that borders on an invasion facilitated by criminal networks.

Compounding the audacity of this episode was the abject failure of local law enforcement to respond, leaving law-abiding citizens to fend for themselves. Such incidents underscore a terrifying erosion of law and order, signaling to criminals everywhere that our borders are open for exploitation.

This incident is not an anomaly but a stark representation of a broader crisis fueled by a border policy that might as well hang a welcome sign for criminals and opportunists. The alarming influx of illegal crossings, particularly in the San Diego sector—where nearly 7,000 breaches were reported last week alone—is a direct result of deliberate inaction and misguided policies that invite chaos and endanger American lives.

The economic and social strain this unchecked immigration inflicts on our communities is unsustainable. The closure of local migrant shelters, once hemorrhaging millions of taxpayer dollars monthly, is a testament to the fiscal burden imposed by these continuous waves of illegal entrants. This burden has now shifted to our airports and bus stations, turning them into makeshift shelters and degrading the quality of life for residents and tourists alike.

It is evident that our current administration lacks the will to address this crisis effectively. The projected figures are a dire warning: with over 8 million people potentially on our streets, including two million with criminal intentions, the situation is nothing short of a national emergency.

Congress must act with urgency to secure our borders and overhaul an immigration system that has been exploited far too long. We need robust enforcement of our immigration laws, substantial penalties for those who violate them, and an end to policies that encourage illegal entry into our country. The time for tolerance of this disorder is over. The safety, security, and sovereignty of the United States must be enforced rigorously and without apology. We must protect American citizens and the integrity of our nation.


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