In the prepper world we talk a lot about bug out vehicles or BOVs, so I'm asking do you have a plan for when things go wrong while you're on the go? Have you rehearsed? Id like to give you some direction, food for thought on some easy to practice drills at home.
In the prepper world we talk a lot about bug out vehicles or BOVs, so I'm asking do you have a plan for when things go wrong while you're on the go? Have you rehearsed? Id like to give you some direction, food for thought on some easy to practice drills at home. By no means is this an effort at explaining all of the things you need to know, but this article should at least fuel your desire to find the right training for you and your family. Single Vehicles
- Dead driver drill: Practice what to do if the driver of your vehicle suddenly (or violently) goes limp and the vehicle is still in motion. The passenger needs to take control of the wheel, and if need be, the pedals to get the vehicle out of harms way. Make sure you're practicing calling on the radio or cell phone for help!
- Dead driver recovery: Ok, now your vehicle is out of harms way but your not safe at home yet. You need to find a way to get the driver over to the passenger side of the car in a hurry, so you can run around and assume a permanent seat behind the driver controls.Make sure you're practicing calling on the radio or cell phone for help! [wpvideo XyuymUTz]
- Mobility kill: Oh snap your vehicle is disabled! Make sure you practice keeping your body below the dashboard as you maneuver and try to stay out of the line of fire. You wont just be casually unbuckling and getting out of the car... Then where do you go next and how do you get there? Ill give you a hint, it looks like bounding over watch and breaking contact. [wpvideo WylmmrHk]
- Vehicle Fire: When you have your BOV loaded out with all of your essentials, it pays to have a fire suppression plan to either salvage the vehicle or recover the gear.Make sure you're practicing calling on the radio or cell phone for help!
- Shooting from a vehicle: Its confined and people will be close. What fire control measures will you put in place? If the driver is shot, and you the passenger are going to shoot over them it pays to hold them down so they don't hop in your line of fire if they're in pain. Make sure you don't shoot the actual vehicle itself. We've all seen videos of people who have shot their own trucks because they didn't account for hold off in their optics...
Multiple vehicles (Convoy). In addition to the drills above consider:
- Vehicle towing: Both in hostile and non hostile environments. With multiple vehicles make sure you gear is compatible and EVERYONE knows the hook up points.
- Casualty loading: This is assuming you are adjusting the personnel load outs to configure for a casualty. What happens when the driver of vehicle 1 gets shot? Who's taking over what position and who is loading the patient into the dedicated med truck. During the crisis isn't the time to be discussing your seating arrangement...
- Vehicle blocking: Will you attempt to use one vehicle to body block for another during a firefight? This could make sense to your group if you get a mobility kill during a firefight, and need to offload your people or download critical gear.
- Resource disbursement: We all know don't put all of your eggs into a single basket. Where and how will you distribute fuel, food and water? Once this is worked out, rehearse sustainment with that configuration to make sure its functional and not just OCD organized on paper.
- Communication plans: Make sure you have separate channels for mounted and dismounted operations. Its not good enough to say we will either all be mounted or on foot. Stuff happens and people need to walk to clear paths, do a recon, render aid the list goes on.... You don't want the details of the casualty care to interfere with vehicles ability to coordinate on the move. This could needlessly delay your vehicles response to the very casualty you're trying to recover...
The list goes on... In your search to find and acquire training make sure you are prioritizing the things that matter. We all want to curve bullets around trees and corners like a ninja but we only have a finite amount of time and resources available. Finding the right balance between tactics, marksmanship and contingency skills is what will make you the well rounded and ready leader you need to be.
If you're interested, join CAG or take a few of our classes and see where it goes. I wish you luck, demand that you ask questions and as always thank you!