Keep your drive belt or belts checked to make sure they are not about to fail.Most of today's newer vehicles use a serpentine belt which is good and bad;good in that there is only one belt to change, but bad in that if it breaks youlose all it is powering. Best to also keep one in the car or truck as a sparealong with the required wrenches for replacing in the field. Synthetic oil maybe the best choice for the oil you run. It can easily go 7,500 miles betweenchanges. You can also just change the oil filter in cases where that's all youcan do and that will extend the range on that batch of oil, so keep a spare oilfilter on hand too. Keep one quart of that same oil on hand to top off thecrankcase after the filter-only change. Be sure to have an oil filter wrench toget the old one off.Gasoline. Try to always keep your tank one-half full or better. When you seethe needle getting to the middle of the gauge, stop and fill up. You never wantto get in the car during an emergency on a quarter-tank or less! This habittakes a bit of getting used to, and is not always practical, but it just may saveyou in a tight spot. Consider keeping a filled 5 gallon Jerry can in your garageto throw on the vehicle as part of your bug-out plan to extend the range of your trip. In a real situation, gas stations may be closed, so extra gas could bethe difference in getting there or being stranded. Be sure your can has thecorrect spout firmly taped to the side or top of the can or in the spare partsbag; you cannot fill your tank without one. Add some gas stabilizer mixed tothe ratio for extended storage (1 year) which is usually double therecommended dose. If you go longer than that without using, dump that fuel inyour vehicle and put fresh fuel in the can.It is recommended that you have some kind of truck or SUV to bug-out in.However, you can make-do with a family sedan if that is all you have. Just besure to keep all the above checked and in good order.Do some math to determine how far you can get on one tank of gas and thespare 5 gallons. If that is not enough, then make plans to carry two 5 galloncans of gas. This is about as much as you are likely to have room for unlessyou have a full sized pickup and extended cab. But, if that still won't get youthere, carry a third can. The problem is not only taking it with you, but somecities have ordinances against storing over 5 gallons of gasoline inside citylimits. Check that one out at your local level.If you drive a family sedan, do not store the gas can in the trunk or insidevehicle. Fumes can get to you and they are also quite explosive. Try to find abumper hitch mount for both the gas and water cans.Never pass by an open gas station without giving close scrutiny for taking ongas, oil, water, air, or a rest-room stop. Remember, have cash for gas andanything else along the way. Use you credit cards first if they are still working,but have some "green" just in case. You may find that in a real situation, allbusinesses are closed, including gas stations.