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Could Your Vehicle Weather a Storm?

 

Although California isn’t known for its hurricanes and rain, the winter brings inclement weather that we may not be used to. While there are certain things that we can do to mentally and physically prepare for storms and bad weather, we often forget about our vehicles. With that in mind, we have some tips to protect your car from potential rain and high winds.

 

Take stock before the storm

It can be helpful to take an inventory – along with pictures – of your car’s condition before inclement weather hits. These pictures can then be used after the fact for insurance purposes. Make sure to get clear photos of your vehicle’s interior and exterior.

 

Top it up

If you know a storm or heavy rain is on the way, prepare by filling up your gas tank. If you need to evacuate or you get stuck in traffic, you’ll need a full tank of gas to get to where you’re going. If you have an extra gas canister, fill that up too.

 

Make a roadside emergency kit

Make sure that your trunk is filled with things you may need for your car in an emergency – jumper cables, a tire jack, flashlights, batteries, a tool kit, a first aid kit, and anything else you can think of. Include things for you and your loved ones in case of an emergency like blankets, drinking water, and pet supplies.

 

Park somewhere safe

If your home has a garage, it’s best to keep your vehicle in there when possible to protect it from direct rain and wind. If you don’t have access to a garage, parking your car close to a building is the next best option since it will offer some protection from high winds. Keep it clear of any power lines, light poles, and trees that could fall and cause damage to your vehicle.

 

Keep your eye out on the weather forecast so that you know how and when to prepare for wind and rain. When it comes to protecting your vehicle and wallet, call the experts at Jack Stone Insurance Agency. We serve Brentwood, Antioch, and neighboring cities in California with reliable and comprehensive auto insurance policies. Open our auto insurance page in a new tab to read on!

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