How to prepare your vehicle for a hurricane

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Plan long trips carefully, listening to the radio or television for the latest weather forecasts and road conditions. If bad weather is forecast, drive only if absolutely necessary.

Emergency Kit for the Car

In case you are stranded, keep an emergency supply kit in your car with the addition of these automobile extras:

Jumper cables

Flares or reflective triangle

Ice scraper

Car cell phone charger

Cat litter or sand for better tire traction

Prepare Your Vehicle for Emergencies

Have a mechanic check the following on your vehicle prior to an emergency:

Antifreeze levels

Battery and ignition system


Exhaust system

Fuel and air filters

Heater and defroster

Lights and flashing hazard lights



Windshield wiper equipment and washer fluid level

Vehicle Safety Tips

Keep your gas tank full in case of evacuation or power outages. A full tank will also keep the fuel line from freezing

Install good winter tires and ensure they have adequate tread or any jurisdiction-required chains or studs

Do not drive through flooded areas. Six inches of water can cause a vehicle to lose control or possibly stall. A foot of water will float many cars.

Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.

If a power line falls on your car you are at risk of electrical shock, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.

If there is an explosion or other factor that makes it difficult to control the vehicle, pull over, stop the car and set the parking brake.

If the emergency could impact the physical stability of the roadway avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards

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