Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Emergency Evacuation Vechicle)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

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Michi 1308

The Ultimate Form of Transportation
Humans have walked on every continent of this planet. All we have needed are sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing.

Yeap, before the invention of the bicycle (the most efficient form of transportation) the invention of the motorized vehicle, the invention of the aeroplane, and ... Humans have expanded their domain by walking.

But, ... Walking is slow.

Pick-up Trucks
Some folks think four-wheel drive pick-up trucks or Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) are the ultimate emergency evacuation vehicle. They believe this fantasy because pick-ups can haul a massive quantity of supplies and tow very large trailers.

Or, ... They see the expensive SUVs, with just the driver, speeding down the highway during rush hour.

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Michi 1308Serge Melki

Well, ... They are gas guzzlers and only the larger trucks can carry four or more people, better known as crew cabs. Plus, the larger the trailer the wider the turning radius for the truck and trailer.

If you have ever seen an 18 wheeler do a u-turn, you know what I'm talking about.

 Oh, they are expensive, too.

Small Cars or Hybrids
Some folks think the hybrids cars or smaller automobiles are the best. They have awesome fuel efficiency; some getting 50 to 100 miles on a gallon of fuel.

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Of course, ... They have a problem. They don't have a large space for supplies for your family's  emergency evacuation supplies to your relatives' or friend's home after an event.

By now, you're probably thinking that I'm telling your the story of Goldilocks. I am because the perfect emergency evacuation vehicle is the ...

Four Door Sedan
When it comes to the 'best' emergency evacuation vehicle, the 'best' is probably the four door sedan that you see everyday on your drive around town.

These automobiles are numerous and inexpensive. They can hold a fair amount of supplies for a trip. They can also easily hold four adults or two adults and two car seats, depending on your situation.

The four door sedan also allow everyone in the car to easily get out of the car, at the same time.

The mid-size four door sedans also get good fuel mileage, usually in the low to mid 30s. They don't stick out, shouting Prepper! or Survivalist! like the Hummers, lifted 4-wheel drive trucks, or other speciality vehicles that some recommend for you and your family.

These sedans are also smaller then the big pick-ups, making them easier to maneuver through tight spots and around obstacles. Their design will also prevent you from trying to take your family 'four-wheeling' during an event, possibly getting stuck in the mud and dooming your family to a slow walk out of the danger area because you have been working, to pay off the expensive truck, instead of practicing your skills.

My Vehicle
We own a 1997 Honda Accord. It is a 'mid-size' vehicle that is my daily driver to work and my 400 mile drive home, twice a month.

It usually averages just over 30 miles per gallon on the interstate where most of my driving takes place.

As you can see from the photo, the Honda is a neutral color that most people will never notice. You also probably notice that the car's finish looks a little ratty. What criminal would risk breaking into a beater when they can break into a new, expensive Hummer, parked next to me?

Notice the trunk.

The car's trunk conceals your emergency supplies, so no one is the wiser about your preps. Try that in the bed of a pick-up truck!

Another plus of the four door sedan is its four doors. No one has to get out of the car to let another person get out of the vehicle, unlike a two door sedan.

Lastly, ... It's paid for!

Yes, I know the above photographs are strange, but it was a pretty good attempt at OPSEC. Plus, we sold it a few weeks ago ; - )

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