Having a Bug Out Vehicle is one thing, knowing how to operate and maintain it is another. Whether you’re on the move in a 2-ton truck, heavy-duty hatch-back, million dollar motorboat or beefed-up bicycle, knowing what you’re doing behind the wheel and “under the hood” is key to survival… Zombie outbreak/attack or otherwise.
No matter where you are or what you’re doing you’re bound to run into a few problems with your vehicle over time. Engines overheat, chains fall off, brake-pads wear down, motors lock up, tires go flat, batteries die and the list of potential issues keeps on going… but don’t let that intimidate you.
While the list of potential problems are virtually endless, you don’t have to be an expert in mechanics to keep most vehicles on the move (though it doesn’t hurt to know more than the basics). Start off small with everyday issues that have simple fixes and work your way up to the big stuff when you can.
Motorized vehicles: Basic knowledge of motorized vehicles is a must for all survivors, even if you never plan on stepping into for during a disaster. Learn to check the oil, change a tire, replace a fan belt, change and/or charge a battery, siphon gasoline, change/repair hoses, check the wiring and perform basic tune-ups. The benefits of learning and practicing basic engine and vehicle maintenance goes beyond keeping you on the move and out of reach of Zombie hands and rising flood waters. A working knowledge of basic mechanics can provide survivors with the ability to repair, replace, rebuild and reinvent everything from vehicles and generators to bicycles, bridges and more… as long as you have the tools to back your knowledge up.
Bicycles: Great for short trips of low-profile Bug Out missions, bicycles are a great alternative to those looking for a more mobile means of transportation. Learn how to change/repair a tire, realign your frame, adjust the cables, replace brakes and do a basic overhaul. See also: Bug Out Bike – The Benefit of Two Wheels.