How to Prep Your Car for a Hurricane

You never know how much you needed your car until a tree falls on it from strong winds.

Living in an area that is a hurricane prone area, we typically will prep our home ahead of a storm. However, I have never thought about prepping my car because it usually sits safely under our car port. We will occasionally park on the street.

One day in 2014 after a bad thunderstorm on my street and flooding in surrounding areas, a huge tree fell on a car right in front of the owners’ home. That was enough for me to reconsider just how safe my car was.

Even though, I can’t shield my car from every catastrophe, I can take some precautions.

In this sponsored post, by University Motors, I will share a few tips on what you can do to prep your car for a hurricane (or any other disaster that might destroy your car).

Take Pictures.  This will be helpful in providing proof to your insurance company as to what damages were done to your car. Consumer Reports suggests.

Store Important Items. Store copies of your car’s registration and insurance documentation in a safe place like a zip-top plastic bag, Consumer Reports recommends. Make additional copies of this documentation, as well as your car key/fob, and distribute them to all licensed drivers in your family. That way, in the unfortunate event that you are separated from your vehicle or family, your vehicle is ready for use.    

Fill Your Tank. Before a hurricane hits, be sure to fuel up your car to be ready to evacuate if need be. With a full tank of gas, you’ll be more likely to get to where you need to go without having to make a stop for fuel.

Park Safely. Consumer Reports recommends parking your car in a garage if possible. If you don’t have a garage, consider parking your car close to a building, which can offer at least partial protection from high winds. Avoid parking under trees or power lines that can be blown down, says Consumer Reports.

Check Your Vehicle. Once the storm is over and all members of your family are accounted for, check over your car thoroughly to evaluate its condition. If there’s damage, you can take pictures of the car and compare the “before” and “after” version, as advised above

And if you have to drive after a tropical storm or a hurricane has swept across your neighborhood, consider this advice from Ready.gov:

  • Drive only if necessary.
  • Avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
  • Watch for fallen objects, downed power lines and weakened walls, bridges, roads and sidewalks.

Planning ahead can help give you some peace of mind about your car so you can focus on staying safe.

Resource: Allstate.com

** This post is sponsored by University Motor Company. University Motor Company located in Columbia, SC offers nice used car options and uses CarFax for vehicle history reports. They sell a variety of pre-owned vehicles that range from high end cars like the Mercedes-Benz E-class to enthusiast cars such as the Jeep Wrangler. This post is sponsored by University Motor Company.