Hurricane preparedness for your vehicle
Sometimes severe weather can take an unexpected path and leave you with no time to evacuate Charleston safely. Other times you may drive your car out of the danger zone but still get hit with severe weather from the storm. You’ll want to make sure that you get your vehicle ready for a storm by having it serviced regularly, and by creating a game plan of what you’re going to do ahead of time. Here are some of our hurricane preparedness tips that you follow in case your vehicle in an area that’s expected to experience severe weather.
• Park your car or truck safely!
You want to park your vehicle under a safe, sturdy enclosure if you have the option to. Parking spots in a parking garage, an enclosed garage or even under a car port are great spots to park your vehicle. Don’t park your vehicle under a tree that can easily loose large branches. Also make sure to look for and avoid parking near other debris that high winds can blow into your car and damage it. You also want to make sure that any spot that you choose is at a fairly high elevation.
• Tape your vehicle’s windows
Taping your car’s windows in the shape of an x or a hashtag is a good idea too. Now this won’t prevent your them from breaking during a storm, but in case any unfortunately do break, this will make cleaning up the broken glass from your vehicle much easier.
• Remove your valuable items
You’ll want to get all the items that are important to you out of your car before the storm hits as part of your hurricane preparedness ritual. You never know what kind of damage your car can take from a hurricane which can leave these items exposed to the elements and make them easily accessible to people walking by.
• Top-off your tank
Gas can be scarce during storms. Make sure to fill up your tank ASAP when you see that there’s a possibility of a hurricane hitting you. Even if you don’t plan on evacuating, it’s important to take care of this hurricane preparedness tip in case circumstances change and you need to leave the Charleston area.