In The Zombie Apocalypse, Don’t Just Abandon Your Car

In The Zombie Apocalypse, Don’t Just Abandon Your Car

In The Zombie Apocalypse, Don’t Just Abandon Your Car

Watch any zombie movie or TV show, and you’ll see an abundance of abandoned vehicles — on roads, in ditches, on lawns and even in the woods. But if you’re in a survival situation, you don’t want to abandon your disabled vehicle before stripping it of everything you can use.

For example, your vehicle will have interior cloth or leather, which you can use as bedding, clothing, backpacks, leg wraps in snow country and rainproof or snow-proof shelter roofing. Foam padding from inside the vehicle’s seats can be employed to insulate makeshift snow boots, or as a mattress or bedding, or to tuck inside light clothing.

Your disabled vehicle will also have several mirrors, which you can use as signaling devices when the sun is out. At night, you can strategically place mirrors so they magnify ambient light from your campfire or flashlight. Or you can use a shard from a mirror as a sharp knife or spear point.

Some of the best uses for seat belts are as an improvised backpack strap, an adjustable waist belt, a tree stand safety or repelling harness, or as bindings. Once they are cleaned, small tanks designed for windshield wiper fluid and other fluids can be used to store drinking water as canteens.

There will be plenty of wiring in your vehicle, which can be used as cordage. Once you’ve stripped electric wiring of its insulation, it can be fashioned into snares, fish lures and hooks. The small rubber tubing you find under a vehicle’s hood can be cleaned and then used to suck water from deep holes. It can also be molded into a slingshot or a tourniquet to slow serious bleeding.

 

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