If you live in area where hurricanes are prevalent or possible, it is best to know how to properly care for your vehicle in the event of this particular natural disaster. We’d like to outline some advice and tips on the subject.
1. Remove any and all valuables from the vehicle. This may seem obvious, but people often forget the little things, like your title, registration, and insurance card. In the event that your car is upside down three blocks away, having proper documentation can help you get the ball, or car, rolling again.
2. Check all of the fluids in the car and make sure you are in the best capacity to operate the vehicle. INCLUDING GASOLINE. When the hurricane strike you don’t want to be low on gas OR oil.
“But what if something happens to it? Then, I just wasted money on gas” The point is
simple, assuming nothing terribly damages your vehicle, procuring gasoline and
engine fluids after a storm is troublesome due to possible power outages, or even
gas transportation issues. You want to be sure your vehicle is ready to drive after a
hurricane in case you need to go anywhere for supplies.
3. Move the vehicle inland if possible. If you have plans to evacuate and are leaving your vehicle behind, be sure to park it as inland as possible. During a hurricane it is typical for water to rise above high tide water marks. In fact any body of water has the potential to flood due to heavy rain. Thus, if you are leaving a vehicle behind try to leave it away from large bodies of water (E.G. the shore line or lakes).
4. Tape the windows of the vehicle. Using masking tape in a criss-cross pattern is debated to prevent window breakage. There will be a good amount of debris being thrown around at high speeds. Although many people debate this tactic, it doesn’t hurt to try.
5. Take off external, removable peripherals. Antennas, Bumper Bras, windshield wipers and anything that is easily removed from the vehicle. While most of these items are inexpensive to replace, you wouldn’t want them to become shrapnel against your neighbor’s or your house or other vehicles.
6. Cover your vehicle. The best possible solution is to park the vehicle in your garage,
or in the event you are evacuating park in a covered parking garage. To prevent scratching you can tie down a tarp or car cover over the vehicle. This may not prevent serious debris such as tree limbs from denting the vehicle, however minor debris, such as lose screws or rocks will be less likely to create large scratches and paint chips.
7. Check for possible damage after the storm. If all goes well your preparation should
have minimized or nullified damage depending on the strength of the hurricane. Be sure to photograph even the slightest of damages for your insurance company.