Recently we went on a trip that included travels through Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. It was great trip and we enjoyed it greatly. Everyday we posted the blog from whereever we were located. These trips always give us time to talk and come up with new ideas to share with you such as keeping track of gasoline usage.
For some time we have been keeping track of how many gallons of gasoline it takes to reach different locations. For instance, I know that with a full tank of gas in my vehicle I need an extra three five-gallon cans of gasoline to reach my daughters house. This even allows for some detours.
Whenever we travel to a possible bug out location, we keep track of our gasoline usage and then add a little bit extra to allow for problems and detours. Granted we are traveling under the best of conditions, which may not exist under actual bug out conditions, so take that into consideration.
Because we have several possible places that we could go to in an emergency, we know approximately how many gallons of gasoline it would take to reach each one. This information lets us know how many five-gallon cans; we need to have on hand. By actually driving the different routes, we learn a bit about where we may have problems. It gives us a chance to figure out routes around choke points and other possible obstacles.
Also take weather into consideration; it is best if you drive it at different times of the year. For instance at my location driving east in the winter can be a real problem, I may have to take an alternate route that requires additional gasoline usage.
This may sound like a simple thing, but actually driving the routes and knowing the gasoline usage can make the difference between arriving safely or failure.