When a hurricane threatens the Carolinas, it is a good idea to consider moving your vehicles to higher ground to avoid flood damage. Approximately 57 percent of Carolinians have auto insurance policies that don’t cover flood damage.
TIPS TO AVOID FLOOD DAMAGE TO CARS
“We want to be as prepared as possible for the potential threat,” said AAA Carolinas President Dave Parsons. “Carolinians should first secure their family and homes, but then need to relocate their vehicles to safer grounds. Many times vehicles can be saved and spared from major damage with a little preparation. Find higher ground. Move it or lose it.”
“Protecting your car is something Carolinians need to take seriously because it is difficult to start the rebuilding process after a hurricane without a means of transportation,” added Parsons.
AAA Carolinas recommends the following tips to help protect vehicles and avoid flood damage during a storm:
- Locate higher ground near your home and park your car there.
- Find a deck or garage that offers cover to protect your car from wind damage.
- Avoid leaving your car under power lines or trees.
- Make sure there proper documentation and insurance papers are stored in your car (preferably in a zip lock bag or waterproof location) and maintain copies elsewhere.
- Use flood covers. There are many waterproof flood covers you can purchase from auto part stores that have shown good results in protecting cars from water damage.
AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2.1 million members and the public with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.