According to NASA, hurricanes are the most violent storms on Earth. Officially, the Atlantic hurricane season started on June 1 and will run until Nov. 30. In the Eastern Pacific Ocean, hurricane season began May 15 and ends Nov. 30, according to the National Weather Service. Most storms hit during peak hurricane season between August and October.
The Climate Prediction Center released its 2017 hurricane outlook on May 25. This year is likely to be an above-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic. You may know how to prepare your home ahead of a storm but do you know how to to prepare to protect your vehicles?
- Contact your vehicle insurance agency about your policy’s hurricane coverage. Find out what is covered as well as what steps to take in the event your vehicle is damaged in a hurricane. Take pictures of your vehicle’s interior and exterior as you make your hurricane preparations. You will need proof of your vehicle’s condition, for insurance purposes, should disaster strike. Store copies of your vehicle’s registration and insurance documents in a Ziploc bag should the interior of your vehicle get wet.
- Check your vehicles fluids. The following fluids should be checked: oil, brake, transmission, power steering, battery, windshield wiper fluids, and radiator coolant. Replace your drive belt if necessary. Make sure your tires are properly inflated- don’t forget to check your spare tire!
- Before a hurricane hits, fill your gas tank and any reserve canisters to their full capacity. With a full tank of gas, you’ll be more likely to get somewhere safe without having to make a stop for fuel.
- Have an emergency kit in your vehicle! Some recommend items for the emergency kit: Fix-a-Flat, extra motor oil, tire jack, jumper cables, batteries, blanket, can opener, pocket knife, automotive toolkit, first aid kit, food and water. Keeping an extra supply of water in your vehicle is super important. Not only can this water be used for your vehicle but it can also be used for drinking. The basic requirement for water during an emergency is 3 gallons per person per a day.
- If you have to leave your vehicle behind park it somewhere safe. Parking your vehicle safely before a hurricane typically involves protecting it from water and high winds. Park away from any loose structures such as light poles, stop lights, road signs, and trees. These could fall and cause damage to your vehicle. Try to park in your garage but if you don’t have a garage, consider parking your vehicle close to a building. This can help protect your vehicle from high winds. Remember to apply your emergency brake. Apply masking tape to your vehicles windows in order to make cleanup easier in the event your windows break.
In order to be as safe as possible during hurricane conditions, stay informed of a tropical storm’s progress, following the recommendations of local and federal officials. Know the emergency evacuation routes and never drive during a hurricane unless it is an absolute emergency. If you do have to drive, avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges. Watch for fallen objects, downed power lines, and weakened roads.
We hope you have found this helpful. Texas Auto reminds you to stay safe this hurricane season!