Well I learned a lesson last week. I went on a trip from the gulf coast to central Texas. I found the highways and interstates in great to decent shape but the local roads I found horrible. I hadn't been by my grandmothers former house since 95' when she passed away and I was shocked by the roads in front of it. The asphalt hadn't been touched since then and the road was being replaced with large shale infill for the pot holes and even 6-8ft sections that went all the across the road. (And this is in a town of 8,000, my grandmothers former house is in a small subdivision of about 40 houses developed in the 70's, not a rural road.) I also found the county roads in ill repair since I had last seen them. This means no effective bug out without a 4x4 if SHTF takes a few years of downward trending to develop. How are the roads in your area and is the economy this bad in rural areas by in large that the counties and states have no money for at least a low level of maintenance? If so we are in worse shape than I thought.