Prepare your vehicle for hurricane season with these tips!
You hear the weatherman in the living room and find him on the the flat screen as he points to a huge whirling white mass of clouds on the green screen. Another hurricane is headed toward your home state, and you can feel the blood drain from your face. What do you do? Do you evacuate or stay at home? Whatever your choice may be, its probably best that your car is as prepared as you are with packs of water and canned food. We have created a few tips to help you prepare your car for a hurricane.
1. Complete Car Maintenance.
In the event of an evacuation is required, you will rely on your car to get you to a safe location. Check the car’s fluid levels. This would include oil, transmission, brake, power steering, coolant, and windshield wiper fluids. In addition, you should check the vehicle’s belts, tires, and battery. If you do not feel comfortable performing these maintenance tasks, take it to a local mechanic. The last thing you need is to be stranded on the side of the road during a hurricane.
2. Assemble An Emergency Kit.
Your car should obtain all the necessities you must have during any emergency. When preparing for a storm, pack your trunk full of items that will aid you if an unexpected situation were to happen. You could even keep these items in your vehicle after hurricane season comes to an end. Here are a few items to include:
- Jumper cables
- Gas canister
- Tool kit
- Tire jack
- Flashlight with batteries
- Radio with batteries
- First aid kit
- Motor oil
- Spare tire
- Rain Poncho
- Road Flares
- Charged portable cell phone chargers
- GPS or road maps
- WATER BOTTLES AND FOOD.
3. Park your car in a safe area.
Park your car in a garage ( if you have one) by backing the vehicle into the garage. This way it will make it easier and faster to get the vehicle out in the case of an evacuation. If you do not happen to have a garage, park away from trees, power lines, light poles, and other things that could fall onto your vehicle and cause damage. Do not wrap your car in plastic wrap or any type of padding. Seriously, don’t. (Shout out to Miami)
4. Fill Up The Gas Tank.
If you know of an approaching hurricane, fuel up your car ahead of time. You can also fill up a gas canister, just in case. It can be difficult to get to a gas station if you wait. Along certain routes, supply may be limited. Plus, you will have to sit in long lines, because you waited until the last minute. Try to go to a gas station that isn’t in a popular area, you will most likely find it easier to get gas and they won’t run out of the cheaper gas you actually need.
5. Be Informed of Weather Warnings.
Keep up with the progression of the storm. When is it expected to reach your area? How bad is it supposed to be? Watch the local news to find out this information and their recommendations. Be informed on the emergency evacuation routes. Go over this information as a family. Create a plan whether you will stay or evacuate. Get an idea of hotel reservations to make if you are evacuating, and make sure you make them ahead of time.
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by Leashie V. – Content Creator at Half Full Marketing
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