Most people drive the same routes and roads everywhere they normally go — typically the quickest to their destination and are the roads well traveled.
The question is, if something were to happen that bogs and clogs the mainstream routes, would you know any alternate routes to get where you’re going? During an evacuation or bug-out event, will the masses choose the popular routes and roads that are most often traveled?
The answer is, YES, people are mostly creatures of habit while also suffering from normalcy bias coupled with a lack of situational awareness and critical thinking ability.
As a preparedness-minded critical thinking person yourself, you can ‘outsmart’ these sheeple by having a preconceived plan of alternate routes for multiple destinations that you may be seeking – depending on your circumstances…
For example, how many alternate driving routes do you know from your place of work to home?
For example, if there is an evacuation (e.g. hurricane warning), how many alternate driving routes do you know that will route you around the masses who are all clogged on the major roads, freeways, highways, and interstates?
How many roads along these frequently traveled routes are major roads that are used by the majority of others?
Why is this important?
Because during a time of disaster or evacuation, you, along with most others will be sharing the same roads together, and they will likely become terribly clogged or even impassible.
When people need to drive somewhere, they instinctively head out along the same roads that they normally travel. In a disaster situation when all these drivers may be clogging major arteries and the roads well traveled, you have the opportunity to outsmart them all, having previously planned several alternate routes — the roads that are less traveled and are off the beaten path, so to speak.
Consider the following while planning alternate routes:
Keep a road atlas or maps of your state and surrounding states where you might travel, so that you can identify alternate roads that are not traveled by the mainstream. While an alternate route will not be a straight line to your destination (and may actually be significantly longer in distance), the fact that you’re likely avoiding the clogged masses will help assure a successful and quicker trip.
Neighborhood streets and secondary roads will be largely ignored by the mainstream.
Avoid parts of routes which may bottleneck in places where other main roads or highways intersect, such as those with a major on-ramp or off-ramp to a freeway or cornering with a major route. In a disaster, people may be clogged trying to get on or off in these locations.
Roads with fewer or no traffic signal lights are those which are less traveled in general.
There are often lesser known ‘shortcuts’ through the countryside, older roads which once were main routes and have mostly become forgotten.
GPS can be very helpful, but be sure to keep street-level maps of your region and learn the routes of travel without reliance upon GPS.
Get into the habit of keeping a mostly full gas tank all of the time (e.g. don’t let it go below half a tank). Once you’ve established that habit, then your range should be decent enough to give you an advantage over others who may be less than half a tank (or worse). Most vehicles can make it 300 – 400 miles on a full tank, or more – depending.
Regardless of where you live, everyone should have a plan to evacuate their home area with multiple possible destinations in mind. Plan several routes to those destinations and have hard-copy maps to support your travel if you need them.
Don’t forget to keep a 72-hour emergency kit in the vehicle too…
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