The overwhelming majority of people aren’t prepared at all for a disaster.
And there are some skills even dedicated survivalists could learn to use.
Here’s one trick that might become essential if a full-scale emergency takes place.
Some people joke that gasoline and bullets are the most important commodities in the wake of a disaster.
While that’s an over-simplification, there’s a ring of truth to it.
The ability to defend one’s self goes without saying.
However, gasoline will be invaluable as well.
Gas not only allows for transportation, but it can also power generators, which will certainly be a necessity if the electrical grid goes down.
Gas can also power lanterns and aid in igniting fires.
An oil shortage in the 1970s caused major social upheaval, and there’s no guarantee something similar couldn’t happen again.
The problem could even be exacerbated if we’re hit with a catastrophic economic collapse or a natural disaster such as a hurricane at the time.
That’s why it can come in handy to know how to siphon gas from abandoned vehicles.
The traditional method for siphoning gas is putting a hose into the gas tank and sucking the gas out.
Going this route is dangerous and requires extreme caution.
It requires inhaling the noxious fumes, and there’s also a chance that you could ingest the gas.
Even swallowing small quantities of gas can do considerable damage.
If you use this method, have a canister on standby to make sure none of the gas goes to waste.
A variation of this method requires two hoses, the conventional long one and a short one, which should be thin enough to fit into the neck alongside the main hose.
Stick a plastic bag into the tank opening to make a seal and trap air inside.
Blow into the smaller hose until the gas travels through the main hose.
Make sure the main hose is inserted into a canister.
Another method simply entails removing the fuel tank from the vehicle.
Fuel tanks are typically installed with two straps, so you’ll need to remove those in order to get to the tank.
Also, you’ll need to disconnect the filler neck to the tank as well as the fuel lines that flow to the engine.
Once you’ve successfully removed the tank, it will be relatively easy to capture fuel.
Another way to siphon gas is to use a brass punch with a sharpened point and puncture the fuel tank.
Have a container ready, and you can quickly collect the gas.
Punching the fuel tank can cause a spark and explode if you use the wrong material, even if the tank is plastic.
A small amount of static electricity can ignite the gas tank.
Brass or sharpened wood are safe bets that won’t burn you to a crisp.
For most people, it feels strange to think about gas not being readily available.
But the possibility is very real, so you’ll definitely need to be prepared for that scary scenario.