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Your Vehicle and that Pesky Storm: How to Stay Protected

Protecting your car during a hurricane is crucial to minimize potential damage and ensure your vehicle's safety. Here are some steps you can take to protect your car from a hurricane:

  1. Secure Covered Parking: Whenever possible, park your car in a covered area such as a garage or carport. This offers the most effective protection against the elements.

  2. Move to Higher Ground: If you live in a flood-prone area, consider relocating your car to higher ground before the hurricane hits. Seek elevated parking lots or garages if available.

  3. Avoid Parking Near Trees or Smaller Structures: Park your vehicle away from trees, lampposts, power lines, or other structures that may collapse or cause damage during high winds.

  4. Keep a Full Tank of Gas: Fill up your gas tank before the hurricane arrives. This ensures you have fuel available in case of evacuation or extended power outages after the storm.

  5. Cover Your Car: If you don't have access to covered parking, use a sturdy, waterproof car cover to protect your vehicle from wind-blown debris, rain, and potential damage.

  6. Document Your Vehicle: Take photos or videos of your car before the storm to have documentation of its pre-hurricane condition for insurance purposes in case any damage occurs.

Remember, it's important to prioritize personal safety during a hurricane. If you are unable to take all the recommended precautions, focus on securing yourself and your loved ones first. Cars can be repaired or replaced, but your safety is irreplaceable.

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