Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Vehicle owners

by Chris Simpson
Auto Advisor
We Drive

Atlantic Hurricane season runs annually from June 1st thru November 30th.  When preparing for the house and family, it’s important to make sure your car is also ready in the need of an evacuation.  Below are some helpful tips to ensure your vehicle is ready this season.

Check your car insurance coverage

Review your insurance coverage and make sure it’s up to date.  In the event of a hurricane, make sure to keep your policy along with other insurance documents in a large plastic zip lock bag to keep them protected from potential water damage from the storm.

 Maintain your vehicle

If you haven’t done recent maintenance on your vehicle.  Now is the time.  Replace worn or old wiper blades, tires, and the battery as per the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the vehicle can get you where you need to go.  Be sure fluids are at proper levels, including wiper fluid, coolant, radiator fluid, power steering, battery, break and transmission fluid. Also, remember to make sure the tires properly inflated!

Invest in a car emergency kit

You never know when an emergency will happen so make sure you’re protected during an evacuation with a car emergency kit.  The kit should contain the following:

  • Tool kit
  • Tire jack
  • Gas canister
  • Jumper cables
  • Motor oil
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit.

 Be sure to fill up

As soon as the warnings sound, head to your nearest gas station and fill up. You don’t know how bad the hurricane will be, and it’s possible that the county may lose power for days. You may end up having to drive many miles to find shelter or to obtain services. Remember, millions of other people may be in the exact same situation, seeking gas, hotels and food.

Take pictures

Even if you aren’t in an evacuation zone, make sure to have recent pictures of your vehicle on hand.  This will help to help expedite any possible insurance claim, this way you will be able to prove the condition of your car before any possible damage caused by the storm.

Park your car on higher ground

To help mitigate the risk of damage due to flooding, try and park your car on higher ground, or somewhere that is not prone to flooding. Also, if at all possible, park your car in a garage and pack sandbags along the base of the garage door.  If you have to leave your vehicle outside remember to not park your car near or under any trees if at all possible. Use a thickly padded tarp to cover your car to protect it from flying debris.  It’s also a good idea to apply the emergency break.

 

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