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If we are going to have a legitimate discussion about automated vehicles as a bug out vehicle we have to get right to the point. It should start by mentioning that all of the modern day cars are basically out of the question. If your car is run by a computer interface, its pretty much a wash.
This is not just about EMP’s but its about a lot more. So, lets start there. Having a vehicle to get out dodge has tremendous benefits. If you can get out of danger at 65 miles per hour its a lot better than 5 miles per hour. Right?
Lets look at three things you should consider if you are depending on a bugout vehicle as a viable option.
Beat the EMP
You need a vehicle that can withstand the EMP. That means you are looking for a vehicle that is basically pre 1980. After 1984 most vehicles had on board computers of some kind. That means they can be affected by an EMP strike.
A big bonus in terms of what you can do with a the right vehicle, is to find one that runs on Diesel. Diesel fuel can be reproduced, not in the cleanest form, but it can be made to power a vehicle. So diesel in the worst case scenario can still get you moving even when there is no gasoline left at the pumps.
Something many people dont consider about a modern day bugout vehicle is that they are basically impossible to repair. These cars are run by computers. You lose or damage one of these electronic parts, its basically a wrap.
So you need a vehicle that is repairable in most cases. That also means you need the skills to repair that vehicle, as well.
The bugout vehicle is a very complicated matter. It might just be better to stick with a bicycle!