How to Prepare Your Car for a Hurricane
Storms don’t always allow you enough time to prepare for them. They happen suddenly and without warning. Hurricanes, as devastating as they might be, are a little different. After all, they have their own season and it can take days before they arrive off the coast. In addition to preparing your home, it’s also a good idea to figure out how to prepare your car before a hurricane hits should time allow for it.
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Vehicle Service and Maintenance Before a Hurricane
It is important to keep your vehicle well maintained throughout the hurricane season. If you ever need to evacuate, you’ll want to know your vehicle is in optimal condition and can be relied upon to transport you and your family to safety.
Nothing major will be required, but here are a few things to keep up with so that you aren’t caught off guard.
- Keep your gas tank full or have an emergency supply available.
- Make sure your vehicle doesn’t have an overdue oil change.
- Keep other fluids in your vehicle filled, such as oil, coolant and windshield washer fluid.
- Make sure your tires are inflated to the proper level. You may even want to keep a tire pressure gauge in your vehicle at all times.
- Make sure your windshield wiper blades are in excellent condition, and replace if necessary.
- Make sure your car’s battery is in great condition as well. It’s a good idea to have it inspected at the start of hurricane season.
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Hurricane Preparedness Resources for South Carolina Residents
It’s important to know what resources are available to help you prepare and receive vital updates should a hurricane be headed this way. Below are some online resources to keep in mind during the Atlantic hurricane season, which spans June 1 to November 30.
SC traffic conditions: http://www.511sc.org/
Evacuation zones: http://www.scemd.org/knowyourzone
NOAA Weather Radio: http://www.scemd.org/pio/noaa-weather-radio
Drive a Honda? You can find your recommended maintenance schedule here.
In addition to these service and upkeep tips, you should also have an emergency car kit in the vehicle at all times of the year. It should include such items as a flashlight, tire repair kit, water, nonperishable food, extra clothes, blankets, an up-to-date map, jumper cables, duct tape, multipurpose utility tool, a rain coat or poncho, first aid kit, warning triangles and much more.
How to Deal With Car Insurance After a Hurricane
If there isn’t enough time to evacuate, don’t push it. You don’t want to attempt to take your vehicle out on flooded roads or in unsafe conditions. You can be the judge of that, but if your vehicle does end up having to endure the storm on the road or in a driveway, it’s important that you make sure you are prepared to handle any insurance issues beforehand.
To start with, get some recent photos of your vehicle taken and keep them somewhere where you can access them in the future. This will help serve as proof that your vehicle was in great condition before the storm. Speaking of proof, you’ll also want to keep your proof of insurance cards tucked away somewhere safe, such as in a watertight bag. You can put your car’s registration in there too. Then, last of all, if your car does take on damage don’t wait to call your insurance… because you certainly won’t be the only one.
Though it’s best to keep your car out of harm’s way should a hurricane be imminent, damage happens and it is always best to be prepared. Now that you know how to prepare your car for a hurricane, be sure to check out some of the resources above to keep the more important things in life safe… yourself and your family. As always, Hilton Head Honda is here to help with any of your vehicle preparation plans, so do not hesitate to contact us.