Vehicle Safety Tips For Hurricane Weather

Hurricane season is upon us and Florida residents must prepare. Regardless if there are no storms projected to hit or multiple storms that may affect the area, it is always best to be over prepared than under prepared. Your safety is most important, but other valuable items like your vehicle should be prepared for a possible catastrophic storm.

 

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If you are expecting a heavy storm, tropical storm or hurricane to take place in your area, you always want to stay prepared and updated on the storms current track. The track is subject to change and can either change very slowly or rapidly due to its size, strength and the weather around it. Having a comprehensive safety plan that you and your family have set in place will also help make ease in the case of any emergency. 

 

But while you are reviewing your emergency plan, protecting your home and important belongings, don't forget that vehicle that sits outside the driveway or parking lot that needs attention.

 

 


 

Gather your vehicle's registration and insurance card and put them together inside a plastic bag in a safe location that you will remember. If there are any spare keys or extra car key fobs, distributing them to another licensed family member is always a great idea, for if you get separated the vehicle is ready to be used in case of emergency by all who may need it. 

 

Before the storm, take pictures of both the interior and exterior of the vehicle in its current condition. This will be handy later on if any damage is caused to your vehicle, you will have proof of before and after pictures of damage to your insurance company. 

 

If a storm is expected to hit, make sure to take advantage of the time to fill up your cars gas tank. Many gas stations tend to run out of gas in days leading up to the storm, and you want to make sure you are fully prepared. Even filling up a gas can with extra gas can save you later down the road, but be sure to only drive your vehicle sparingly during the days leading up to the hurricane. 

 

Parking your vehicle in a safe location such as utilizing your garage or parking close to a building will help protect it from high wind conditions. Make sure to not park under power lines or trees that can easily get blown down.

 

Once the storm is over, check your vehicle for any damages and once again, be sure to take photos for your insurance claim. If you need to drive after the storm; avoid flooded roads and watch for fallen objects or a weakened infrastructure. Only drive if necessary!

 

Having these safety precautions set in place can give you more peace in mind about your vehicle during a severe storm. 

 

 

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