Hurricane season in Jacksonville requires some serious prep beforehand. While you’re preparing your house for the onslaught, don’t forget your vehicles. We’ve rounded up some suggestions for protecting your precious Honda during hurricane season.
Preparing for the storm
These tips can help prevent your vehicle from becoming just another one of the tens of thousands of ‘totaled’ vehicles after a hurricane. Start by removing any car documents, insurance cards, personal possessions, and anything else you don’t want to lose if the worst happens. Then take date-stamped photos of your vehicle before the storm. Include photos of all sides of the exterior and interior, the engine compartment, interior of the trunk, and your tires.
Protecting your car from hurricane damage
- Did you ever leave your sunroof open or a window cracked and then it rained? Imagine what would happen during a hurricane! Always double-check that every opening is tightly sealed.
- Cover your headlights and signal lenses with thick foam that’s taped in place.
- Set the handbrake and lock the doors to provide a little extra stability. Remember, every little bit helps!
- If possible, store your car out of reach of storm surges and floodwaters. If you’ve stocked up on necessities and are sure you won’t need to evacuate, do you really need a vehicle handy? If not, moving your car farther inland or to higher ground can help prevent much of the damage it might suffer at home. If you have multiple vehicles, you could keep one at home and evacuate the others.
- If evacuating your car isn’t an option, cover it with a heavy tarp that’s tied down really well. If you have an enclosed garage, put it in the garage and then cover it. Yes, that may seem redundant, but the idea is to keep as much saltwater out of your car’s interior and engine compartment as possible.
- An alternative to a tarp is the Flood Guard. It’s like a giant sturdy tarp made into a bag. Drive your car inside, zip it up, attach the padding and straps, and anchor your bagged car to a permanent structure to keep it from floating away.
- If you don’t have a garage, pick the safest place you can find. The upper levels of parking garages are a great option, but they fill up fast.
- You want to especially avoid parking your vehicle under large trees, utility poles, power lines, street lights, construction sites, large signs, or anything else that could smash your car if it fell on it. Taking other precautions to protect your vehicle won’t matter much if it has a giant crease across it because something huge fell on it!
- A tall, sturdy building or high wall might provide some protection from storm debris if you can park in the lee of it.
First Coast Honda Dealers
Avoid buying someone else’s hurricane mistake! Instead, learn how to avoid the damaged cars that flood the market after every hurricane. Better yet, visit your local First Coast Honda Dealer for a Honda or other quality used car that’s been carefully inspected to ensure it’s free of hurricane damage. You’ll never have to worry about getting stuck with a flooded car when you purchase from a First Coast Honda Dealer!