Interestingly enough I’m considering that road blockages may not be as bad as we think with cars blocking every road after an event. It is simply understood that the scenes we see on the US films and shows will be fact after almost any event. Why?
Many events we are looking at do not require anyone to make a run for it. Pandemics, Economic Collapse and Collapse of Society means people can enjoy those in their own homes, why should they all get into their cars at the same time and make a run for it?
A toxic fire, nuclear leak, tsunami or an asteroid heading their way would be a good reason for everyone to get in their cars but those are relatively local events. They have to be or there is no point in running. So people streaming out would virtually be looking after themselves. In smaller towns like mine, there are a few bottlenecks but in the main they would get to the main A roads and motorways without many issues. Basically people jumping the lights, minor shunts, where we would still exchange documents in the British way, Depending on how far the area affected stretched they may get into trouble with queues and breakdowns. The roads would be stretched much worse than Rush Hour.
Cities would be a different story. I think that cities will be blocked quickly, most motorways and major roads out of the cities while many will be trapped in their own streets as the junctions are blocked by people running lights, minor shunts until people start running out of fuel. Very few will start this with full tanks.
I can then see a large number of cars trapped, with fuel, whilst crashed and broken down cars block them in. Fuel that we should consider our own in the right circumstances.
Out in the country or small towns there probably won’t be the people leaving or the mass of cars to jam the roads but there will be the occassional blocked road because of an accident as two cars or trucks heading down a narrow lane too fast as one tries to get home.
This makes the roads unpredictable for bugging out as we have all been saying but I just don’t see the roads blocked as bad as we are thinking in all but the cities and key choke points. These choke points will easily be cleared after an event if we wanted to.
I live on the outskirts of a town and I’m planning to Bug In anyway. I’m still looking at the options available if we are forced to Bug Out. The big issue here is I’m guessing which way they would go and I’m wondering how I can make it more scientific and accurate.