The Bug Out Vehicle for Christian Preppers – What’s that All about? For many preppers, Bug Out vehicles are one of the “fun” parts of prepping. I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t want a nice big four-wheel-drive pickup, all decked out for fun in the rocks and the mud? There’s just something virile about that image, like an untamed stallion running across the prairie. We all want to be that one who catches and tames that stallion… or truck… or whatever.
But before you run out and sign a huge loan for that big truck you’re wanting, let’s stop and think about it for a moment. You want to be sure to get the right thing, especially on such a big purchase. New trucks are expensive, especially new four-wheel-drive trucks.
Before you can even start picking out a bug out vehicle, you need to develop your bug out plan. That means knowing where you’re going to go, the triggers that will tell you it’s time to go and how you’re going to get there. Once you have that, you’re ready to start thinking about your bug out vehicle.
Some people get real elaborate with their bug out vehicles, buying or building something that’s more suited for the military, than for a family. While I like those vehicles as much as the next guy, I’m not sure that they’re a practical selection for a bug out vehicle. Oh, they’ll get you there… at least, if the crowd of people on the freeway don’t stop you and kill you for your vehicle.
You see, stealth is an important part of Bugging Out, as important as mobility. You have to assume that other people are going to be Bugging Out at the same time and that traffic will get backed up. When that happens, there’s a good chance that some vehicles will run out of gas and others will overheat. Their owners will become desperate and start looking for anything they can find to help them out of the situation. In such a moment, your fancy 4×4 truck, could look like salvation to them.
The last thing you want to do is put yourself in the position where you either have to kill someone or allow them to kill you. While that may end up happening anyway, you should try and avoid it. Murder is still murder, and while the law may not be around to catch you, God’s law will always be there.
Of course, a lot depends on where you live. In Texas, just about everyone drives a truck or SUV. So yours won’t stand out. But if you’re driving that in New York, it probably will. So, pick a vehicle that will blend in and make sure it’s in a color that won’t attract attention.
The flip side of that coin is being able to go off-road, if you need to. There’s a good chance that all those out of gas and overheated vehicles will end up blocking the highways. When that happens, it might be necessary to cut across some empty field or even some farmer’s field, in order to get away. You’re not going to do that successfully in your average family sedan.
Only you can analyze your escape route and determine if four-wheel-drive will really help you. If it won’t then there’s no real reason to buy it. You’ve got to balance that against your need for stealth, as well as thinking about how much space you need for your family and what you’re going to take with you.
In all actuality, you probably already have a vehicle that you can use as a Bug Out vehicle. Maybe it won’t be as good and maybe it won’t be as sexy; but taking out a loan to buy a Bug Out vehicle, which will prevent you from doing the other prepping you need, isn’t a wise use of your money. Take the time to think it through and make sure that your plan ends up fitting your budget.