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Preparing Your Vehicle For The Upcoming Hurricane Season

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Living near the ocean, with its breathtaking views and temperate climate is ordinarily wonderful. However, there’s one big danger associated with coastal living: hurricanes.

You can’t stop hurricanes from coming, but you can take steps to minimize damage and prepare for the aftermath. Here are 4 ways to prepare your vehicle for hurricane season:

 

  1. Check your documents

Review insurance documents with your agent annually to make sure you have sufficient coverage for your vehicle. Take pictures of your car’s condition before disaster strikes for personal and possible insurance purposes.

Store copies of your car's registration and insurance documentation in a dry place like a zip-top plastic bag. Make additional copies of this documentation, as well as your car key 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, you or your family members will be able to operate your car.

  1. Protect your car from the elements

Protecting your car from a hurricane means sheltering it from high winds and water. Park your car in a garage if possible. If you don't have a garage, consider parking your car close to a building or avoid parking under trees and power lines that can be blown down. Most importantly, after a hurricane hits remember to drive only if necessary, avoid flooded roads and watch out for fallen power lines.

If disaster strikes and you are left without a vehicle, stop into We Drive for a hassle-free experience. Our Auto Advisors can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars off the price of a new car. We give customers peace of mind knowing that they are making an informed, pressure-free decision and getting the car best-suited for their needs at a great price. Call us at 954-691-2277 if you’d like more information.

  1. Review your evacuation route

Prepare your evacuation route in advance and make plans for where you’d stay in case of a storm. Don’t forget to plan for your furry friends. Many shelters will house dogs and cats in an emergency.

  1. Stock up!

To ease your pre-storm prep, get your car ready now. Fuel up! An important part of disaster preparedness is having a plan to get help after dangerous weather subsides. With a full tank of gas, you'll be more likely to get to where you need to go. It’s also never a bad idea to get your car into the shop to make sure your vehicle is in good condition, full of necessary fluids and has the right amount of air in the tires.

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