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6 Car Parts That Double As Survival Items When You’re Stranded

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Let’s say your car has broken down or run out of gasoline and you are miles away from civilization.

You have two options: You can walk out, or you can stay where you are and wait for help. There’s pros and cons to both plans, but either way, don’t allow your vehicle to simply sit there and go to waste. If your life is in danger, you can strip your vehicle and use various items for survival. You can be creative in what you do, but to give you an idea of how your vehicle can keep you alive, here are six things you can remove from your car and utilize to survive:

1. Seat Belts

If you lack rope or cord, use the seat belts! Extend the belts for as far out as they will go, and then cut them. You can use the seat belts to tie and secure a shelter, or you can unravel them into smaller strands to make fishing line. You even can use them as makeshift slings.

2. Windows

Improvise, improvise, improvise. A knife is arguably the most useful survival item in the history of mankind, and having one when lost in the wilderness will be quite handy. If you don’t have a knife, you can use the glass from the windows as a makeshift one. Be careful when shattering the windows, since shards of glass can get anywhere and everywhere and can inflict cuts.

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3. Mirror

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A mirror should be in your survival kit anyway, but in case you don’t have one, you can always remove the one that’s in your car. A mirror serves three primary survival purposes: It can reflect the sun’s glare to signal, it can aid in starting a fire by positioning the sun on some kindling, and it allows you to look at yourself to check for wounds.

4. Gasoline

The reason for collecting the gasoline in the first place is simple: even the smallest drops will easily turn a spark into a flame. You can obviously use a siphon pump if you have it, but this only works if there is sufficient gasoline left in your tank. Otherwise, you’ll need to use the fuel line. To locate the fuel line, look for a rubber hose that extends out of the gas tank at the lowest point. You can cut the hose at various points to allow the gasoline to drip into a container. Even if the gas gauge is on empty, there may be enough gas let in the line to start a fire.

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5. Seats

There are many survival uses for car seats. If you’re stranded in the middle of winter, trekking through the snow will be made a million times more efficient with snowshoes. Snowshoes made out of car seats will be crude, but they will work. Additionally, you can use the materials from car seats to start fires, and if you’re willing to lug one around with you, you can use a seat as a pillow or as a dry place to sit in a survival shelter.

6. Tire

You must be prepared to remove and burn the tires on your car if needed, but always begin with the spare before moving on to the others. You can easily light a tire with some gasoline and a fire starter, and the tire should burn for at least 12 hours. If you lack a fire starter, try the battery and the spark plugs to produce some sparks to light the gasoline or some kindling. Not only does this give you warmth, comfort and protection, but it’s also an excellent signaling technique; the tire will consistently produce heavy, black smoke for as long as it burns. Assuming you have four tires on the car to accompany the spare, that gives you approximately 60 hours of signaling time.

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