How To Protect Your Car In A Hurricane


How To Protect Your Car In A Hurricane

Now and then, we are faced with some kind of natural calamity. One such wrath of nature that we encounter almost every year is hurricanes. These can be devastating to life and property. We usually take a lot of care and protective measures to save our homes from the destruction caused by hurricanes. But we tend not to pay the same attention when it comes to shielding our cars. Hurricanes cause intense flooding, which can be quite damaging for your vehicle, just as it is for other properties. So here are a few tips to help you protect your car from a hurricane.

Think of insurance and keep proof
Insurance companies often cover for damage caused by natural calamities. But for that, they will need you to furnish proof that your car wasn't already damaged. So if you know that a hurricane is looming, you better get prepared beforehand. Take pictures of your car and cover all possible views while doing that. Keep them as proof that both the exterior and interior are in good condition before the hurricane wreaks havoc.

Keep documents safe
People often tend to keep their car's papers in the car itself, which makes it easier to produce them if ever stopped by a cop. But when a hurricane hits, this might prove to be a big mistake. During heavy rains and storms, or before a hurricane arrives, keep your papers (such as the car's registration and insurance documents) safely in a zip pouch. Better still, make copies and keep them in your vehicle while the originals are safely tucked away somewhere at home. You cannot afford to lose these records if you need to claim insurance later.

Park in a safe place
To avoid any damage to your car from flooding, heavy rains, and strong winds, it is best to park it in a safe spot that has a shed or roof. The best place would obviously be a garage with a door. If you don't have a garage, park your car on higher ground and close to a tall building that can resist strong winds. Remember to avoid parking under trees or power lines.

Source: Kia