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How to Prepare Your Car for Hurricanes

Hurricanes are no stranger to those in Cape Coral, FL, and surrounding areas. They are devastating to many victims as they can do a great deal of damage to our property, including our vehicles. With strong winds, heavy rain, and flooding, you need to be careful. Preparation is helpful and necessary when the time comes. 

Here are some of our top vehicle preparedness tips for hurricanes:

Tip #1: Maintenance
When an evacuation is required in the event of a hurricane, your car is going to be what you rely on the most. If you have time to prepare a solid evacuation plan, don’t forget to get your car in the best shape. This includes changing its oil, inspecting its brake fluid, checking its tires, testing the battery, replacing wipers, and more. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the local experts at George’s Complete Auto Repair. 

Tip #2: Create An Emergency Kit
Next, you’ll want to craft an emergency kit. In the event that you have to evacuate, pack your car trunk full of items that could help you in case of a sticky situation. These items can help you on the road, regardless of whether a hurricane is happening or not. They include

  • Jumper cables
  • Spare tire
  • Tire jack
  • Tools
  • Gloves
  • Flashlight 
  • First aid kit
  • Bottles of various car fluids

Tip #3: Fill Up 
If you know that a hurricane is approaching, don’t wait to fuel up at the last minute. The stations will get busy.

Tip #4: Park Your Vehicle in a Safe Spot
If you are fortunate to have a garage, now is the time to use it! If you do not have a covered garage, please remember to park away from large trees, power lines, or other large obstacles that may fall or damage your car.

Tip #5: Stay in the Know 
Most importantly, it is important for you to keep up with the updates of the storm to keep you and your loved ones safe. The local news channels and radio are the best sources. 

If you need help preparing your vehicle for a hurricane, or require repairs following a hurricane, please get in touch with repair specialists at George’s Complete Auto Repair. Your safety is our #1 priority.

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