Personally, I’m never very far away from one of my vehicles, but the gear stashed in your vehicle could do little good if you can’t get to it. Sustained injuries, flash flooding, and gun battles can come between you and your vehicle, making your gear unreachable if that’s where you keep it. Even auto-theft can prevent you from accessing your survival tools.
The FBI estimates that a motor vehicle is stolen every 43 seconds in the United States. That’s a total of 737,142 vehicle thefts in 2010 alone.
During a disaster, it’s not advisable to rely on having access to your vehicle.
Even a simple walk around your own property or a local trail can become a survival situation. Every year many hikers are attacked by wild animals and dangerous criminals… or injured by accident.
Although it would seem highly unlikely, a short walk in a highly populated area can go bad quickly. Many people get mugged and beaten on the streets every day.
By having an EDC and never leaving home without it, you ensure yourself the best possible chance of survival if things take a turn for the worst.
You can have all the survival gear on the market, but it’ll do you little good if you can’t get to it, or if you don’t have it with you on the day you need it most.