72 hours

    "Remember, the lessons that we learn are written on the tombstones of others."
                                                                                             -Reid Henrichs

     Say you're driving home from work or school or what have you, there's total whiteout conditions, and your vehicle slides off the road. You notice that you have no cell service and the closest gas station is thirteen miles away, and you're unsure of when the plows ran last. Your best chance would be to try and hunker down with your vehicle and wait out the storm.

     The vehicle doesn't start.

     What you have in your vehicle RIGHT NOW is what you have to SURVIVE on for the next twenty four to seventy two hours.

  Are you going to survive?

     Chances are that you'd say yes, you're going to survive. In reality somebody would drive past and see you stranded and help, it's in our nature to help one another. But why? Why not be prepared ahead of time? Its situations like this that are the reason our parents or spouse ask us where we are going every time we leave the house.

     I bring this up because many millennials and really people in general, are not prepared for things ahead of time. Now I'm not saying some are not prepared, but most young adults survival supplies in their vehicle amount to a fast food cup and a few Bic lighters and potentially a pocket knife. Some others who are more prepared may have road flares, a tinder box, jumper cables or jump pack, and a few blankets and a heavy winter coat.

What I keep in my truck:
My Truck bag with the usual W.A.I.F.E system
One mid-weight and one heavy weight wool blanket each eight foot by six foot.
Ten foot by Seven foot BCUSA Tarp.
450 CCA (Cold Crank Amps) with 900 peak CCA vehicle jump pack.
Small camp cook stove and a canister of propane.
Heavy Cover canteen and cup set to boil water.
Four cans of Fix-a-Flat
Four quarts of Mobil One premium synthetic motor oil. 
Ice and snow scraper.

      What I failed to have was a compass, road flares, space blanket, fire extinguisher, and food, food being the most critical miss. I started this post with a really powerful quote, one that hit me quite hard in particular. What can I do today, that my predecessors failed to do? Everyday we should strive to learn more, there is always room for improvement. Learn from failures but don't let them hold you down, and never let them be fatal. I encourage you to take this post to heart, winter is here and every year all across the world people are killed because they were not prepared for what can happen. In all honesty, the safest thing for person X in this scenario to do, would be to avoid driving at all, if possible. 

     You know the drill, good luck and stay safe out there!


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