Disasters, be it natural or man-made, can happen unexpectedly. When they do, the best way to avoid them is to be on the move. You might not be able to do that with your car, especially when Americans spend, on average, 54 hours stuck in traffic each year. You will need a better bug-out vehicle, one that can help you avoid traffic, deal with tough roads, is fuel efficient and can be quickly used to get out of Dodge. One of the only vehicles that can help you do this is the motorcycle.
Here are four reasons why having a motorcycle as your bug-out vehicle might just save your life when SHTF. (h/t to ThePreppingGuide.com)
During SHTF situations, you are only as safe as how far your vehicle can take you on the amount of gas in its tank. A good prepper keeps his vehicle on full tank and even have spare gas canisters around. However, a vehicle’s fuel mileage also matters greatly, especially when topping up on gas might no longer be an option. In this, motorcycles excel far beyond most vehicles. Motorcycles, on average, can take you between 35 to 40 miles per gallon of fuel. Some of the more fuel efficient motorcycles may even be able to pull off 60 miles per gallon or greater. Cars, meanwhile, only average at around 24.9 miles per gallon. (Related: Missouri company invents amazing survival moped that could help you bug out on a gallon of gas.)
You need a bug-out vehicle that can afford you a high level of immediate action. This vehicle needs to be able to get you out of danger quickly and give you the freedom to make split-second decisions that can save your life. Motorcycles can get up to speed faster than most cars, not to mention the fact that they are highly maneuverable.
Speaking of a motorcycle’s maneuverability, what is great about this wonderful vehicle is that, when it is outfitted with the proper tires, it can have significantly more off-road capability than most vehicles. Trucks and cars are difficult to drive through anything other than proper, paved roads. Motorcycles, on the other hand, have proven themselves to be adept at traversing difficult terrain, be it shallow water, mud, sand or uneven land. Consider buying a motorcycle, and make sure that the model you’re getting has some off-road capabilities. If you might one day have to run away from a wildfire, a tornado or a hurricane, the motorcycle is for you.
Ease of concealment
During SHTF situations, mobility means survival. Many desperate people around you may turn to crime to get away from danger. Homes will be looted, cars will be stolen and people might get hurt. This is why it’s important to have a vehicle that you can hide away. Cars and trucks are too bulky. A motorcycle, however, can easily be tucked away in a thick patch of shrubbery, or in between a dense collection of trees. If you’ve got a tarpaulin with a camouflage pattern on it, the odds of somebody discovering your motorcycle have decreased to near zero.
Note that your home or bug-out location is still the best place to store a motorcycle. But if you have no choice but to leave your vehicle unattended for a few minutes in the middle of bugging out, it’s better to have a motorcycle.
A motorcycle is one of the best bug-out vehicles y available, especially if you’re looking to make a quick escape. Once you’ve got your hands on one, brush up on how to keep it functioning properly – read a few books or watch videos online on how to maintain and repair a motorcycle. Once you’re familiar with the ins and outs of your motorcycle, bugging out shouldn’t be difficult.
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