NAVIGATING VEHICLES THROUGH THE STORM

As hurricane season looms, preparing your vehicle for the challenges of stormy weather is essential. Following these vehicle maintenance tips, developing a vehicle security plan, and conducting post-storm inspections can significantly enhance your safety and readiness for the road during an anticipated uptick in hurricane activity.

Benefits of Being Prepared Ahead of Time

Preparing for a hurricane is essential ahead of the panic created by the report of a storm. Having supplies and tools ready before a storm hits can save you from being stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire and a growling stomach. Plus, being prepared means you can focus on staying safe and dry instead of scrambling for supplies in the eye of the storm.

Essential Items to Keep in Your Vehicle

Think of your car as a survival pod on wheels during a hurricane – you want it stocked with essentials. Items like a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, and non-perishable snacks can turn your vehicle into a mobile emergency station. It’s like having a superhero utility belt but for your car. For example, you wouldn’t go on a road trip without checking your oil, so ensure your vehicle is hurricane-ready with maintenance tools. Having items like a jack, tire iron, and spare tire can help you handle unexpected bumps in the road – even if those bumps are more like giant hurricane potholes.

Tips for Maintaining Your Vehicle During Stormy Weather

  1. Checking Tires and Brakes

Good tires and brakes are critical when driving in stormy weather. Ensure your tires have enough tread and are properly inflated to handle wet roads and check your brakes to ensure they can stop on a dime, even on rainy days.

2. Pre-season maintenance check-up

Take your Ford, Lincoln, Toyota, or Lexus to the Vampt Motors authorized service centre for a total vehicle check-up. The battery, belts, wiper blades, and general condition of your vehicle will be inspected, and repairs will be done to factory standards. Photograph your vehicle to prove pre-storm condition inside and out.

3. Protecting Your Vehicle from Water Damage

Water and cars may not mix like peanut butter and jelly – more like oil and water. Seal windows and doors tightly and clear out any debris from drainage areas to prevent your vehicle from flooding and water damage.

Strategic Storage: Securing Your Vehicle in High Winds and Flooding

When a hurricane hits, securing your vehicle is crucial. Park in a garage if possible or in an area away from trees and power lines. Use ropes or straps to anchor your vehicle to prevent it from being moved by strong winds. To protect your vehicle from flying debris during a hurricane, consider covering it with a tarp or car cover with patio furniture pads under to cushion the surface. Avoid parking near loose objects that could become projectiles in high winds. Park on the highest, dryest ground possible.

Creating an Evacuation Plan for Your Vehicle

Include your vehicle in your evacuation plan. Keep your gas tank filled and have emergency supplies in your vehicle. Decide on evacuation routes ahead of time and know where emergency shelters are located. Research and map out safe evacuation routes that avoid flood-prone areas and potential road closures. Consider alternative routes in case your primary route is blocked.

Post-Storm Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance

  1. Assessing Damage to Your Vehicle

After the storm passes, inspect your vehicle for any damage. Check for dents, scratches, broken windows, or water damage. If your vehicle has been flooded, do not attempt to start it. Send photos to the Vampt Motors Body Shop to assess for restoration.

2. Cleaning and Restoring Your Vehicle After the Storm

Clean mud, debris, and saltwater off your vehicle as soon as possible to prevent corrosion. Thoroughly dry out the interior if it has been exposed to water. Consider having your vehicle checked by a Vampt Motors authorized mechanic for any potential issues caused by the storm. Consider Ziebart to protect your vehicle in the future.

Storm Vehicle Preparedness Now

In conclusion, preparing your vehicle for hurricane season can significantly improve your ability to stay safe and resilient in adverse weather conditions and mitigate potential financial losses. By incorporating the recommendations outlined in this article, you can safeguard yourself and your vehicle, ensuring you are well-equipped to handle whatever challenges arise during a storm. Stay informed, stay prepared, and stay safe on the roads as you navigate the stormy season ahead. Vampt Motors is here for all your automotive needs. We wish you a safe storm season.

CHECKLIST:

Before the Storm:

  1. Getting ahead of scheduled service and maintenance should be part of your emergency preparedness plan. Book this now for your Ford or Toyota at Vampt Motors Service Centre. Pay special attention to your brakes, battery, wiper blades, headlights, and tires. If any of these need attention, be proactive and get them fixed before the storm season.
  • Keep your fuel tank full, take photos of your vehicle, store important documents in a waterproof container, and stock your car with a hurricane-specific emergency kit.
  • Have a plan: Make a strategic parking plan. If you don’t have a garage, storage options include car covers, cushioned protection, and high-ground parking.
  • Know your escape route and closest shelter. Evacuate Early. Have enough supplies to last 72 hours and leave non-essential items behind.

 After the Storm:

  1. Photograph your vehicle. Note any damage for your insurance company through documented proof.
  • Clean mud, debris, and saltwater off your vehicle as soon as possible to prevent corrosion.
  • Thoroughly dry out the interior if it has been exposed to water.
  • Consider having your vehicle checked by a Vampt Motors authorized mechanic for any potential issues caused by the storm and having it treated by the Body Shop for Ziebart to protect it in the future.
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