How to Prepare Your Car For a Hurricane

It's essential to prepare your home for a hurricane, but don't forget about your car. It's most likely your second most valuable asset. We'll help you cover the bases before the next big storm or hurricane hits Virginia.

Have an emergency car kit 

Hurricanes can knock out power for days which can affect gas stations just like it affects your home. It's a good idea to fill up your gas tank and even a spare can. Also, charge your car's battery if it's electric. Have a good car emergency kit as well with a first aid kit, blanket, flares or triangle reflectors, jumper cables, a flashlight, extra batteries, an extra phone charging cable, water, and some protein bars or other healthy nonperishable snacks.

Keep your car's maintenance up-to-date

Hurricanes usually bring tons of rain. When was the last time you changed your wiper blades? If they leave streaks or make noise, it's time for new ones. While you're at it, check the air pressure in your tires. There are a few other things you can do to get your car ready in case you need to evacuate. 

 

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Be smart about where you park your car 

If possible, park your car in a garage. Keep in mind that garage doors are the weakest link in most homes during severe weather with high winds. Back in for an easy exit if needed and consider moving items on shelves that could fall and cause damage to your car. 

If you don't have a garage or your garage is prone to flooding, move your car to higher ground and park away from large trees and utility poles. Park next to a sturdy building if possible. Before you leave, double-check to make sure your windows and sunroof are completely closed, and take valuable items and important paperwork, like your registration, with you.

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Check your car insurance

It's good to know you're financially protected by your car insurance in case your car does suffer damage from a hurricane or severe weather. Comprehensive car insurance covers wind, hail, falling objects, and damage if your car floods. Check with your agent to make sure you have adequate coverage. It's optional coverage and separate from the collision and liability insurance required by Virginia. 

Take pictures for an insurance claim

We recommend snapping a few pictures of the outside and inside of your car before the storm hits. It's beneficial in the event of a claim. Then take photos again if there is any damage to your car before you clean it up and file an insurance claim. If you have a car insurance policy with us, you also have 24/7 roadside assistance at 800-913-8847 for service. And check out our severe weather home and car claim FAQs!

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Driving during and after a hurricane

Driving in heavy rain can be dangerous. Driving during a hurricane is very dangerous! Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to avoid driving through flooded roadways after a hurricane or any heavy rainfall. Flooded roadways may not look deep, but taking the chance can be life-threatening and damaging to your vehicle.  Avoid downed power lines. It's best to stay home as much as possible unless instructed by authorities to evacuate. 

We have another great resource to prepare your family for a hurricane, including trustworthy resources for Virginia communities. Getting your home and car ready for a hurricane may help prevent costly damage and give you peace of mind. 

 

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