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Time To Bug Out: Outfitting Your Truck For Survival

Statistics show that as many as 3 million Americans are actively preparing for a catastrophic event. These individuals, commonly referred to as "preppers," believe the world as we know it may soon be coming to an end. While stockpiling survival gear and planting your own garden are great ways to begin preparing for a potential apocalypse, it's important that you don't overlook your vehicle when making preparations to survive.

Here are three things you can do to outfit your truck for survival in the event you need to bug out (leave quickly) in the future.

1. Invest in some all-terrain tires.

While the tires that came standard on your truck might be sufficient for navigating today's roadways, when a catastrophic event occurs these roadways will no longer be maintained. You may find that you need to drive your truck over rugged terrain in order to flee to safety, and you must be prepared with the right tires when that time comes.

When you are picking out all-terrain tires for your truck, be sure that you take local weather conditions into consideration. If you live in an area that receives a lot of rain, you will want to be sure that you invest in tires that are capable of maintaining traction in wet weather.

2. Have a skid plate installed.

Traveling over rough roads can make your truck vulnerable to damage. Rocks, ruts, and bushes can all damage the undercarriage of your truck. To prevent the mechanical components and drive train of your truck (which are all located close to the undercarriage) from damage, you might want to invest in the installation of a skid plate.

While you might take a hit when it comes to gas mileage and repair hassles, the protection a skid plate can provide your truck after a catastrophic event could prove invaluable in helping you survive.

3. Add a brush guard to the front of your truck.

Your truck's radiator, which is responsible for heating and cooling your truck's engine, is located near the front bumper of your vehicle. Any damage to the radiator could spell disaster, as a faulty radiator could render a vehicle inoperable.

In the event a catastrophe strikes, you might need to drive through heavy brush, fences, or even walls to get where you need to be. Installing a brush guard on your truck will help prevent the hood and bumper from crumpling inward and damaging your radiator.

Ensuring that your truck is ready to bug out at any time is essential when it comes to prepping for survival. Adding all-terrain tires, a skid plate, and a brush guard to your vehicle will give you the best chance at driving away from danger without damaging your truck. Contact a truck supply company like Godfrey Brake Service & Supply for more information.