6 tips for safely evacuating a hurricane
So, it looks like Hurricane Dorian is headed our way. It could throw us a curveball and swing north or south, but most tracks have it affecting Central Florida near the end of Labor Day weekend. Whether you’re heading out of town this time or just educating yourself for future storms, Toyota of Clermont is here to help. Check out these 6 Clermont Toyota tips on how to safely evacuate a hurricane when the time comes.
Don’t evacuate a hurricane without reading these tips
Tip #1: Decide on a final destination. Where are you going to end up when you evacuate? You should have a final destination in mind and either have a hotel booked, let your friends and family know you’re coming for a visit, or know where a hurricane shelter is located in the town. That way you can get settled once you arrive to ride out any outer effects of the storm.
Tip #2: Make sure you can take your pets. You should NEVER leave your pets behind in a hurricane – no excuses. Before you book a hotel or decide on a shelter, make sure your four-legged friends will be allowed in as well. Be sure to pack their food, medications, and some toys and a bed so they’re comfortable and calm when you arrive.
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Tip #3: Get your car caught up on routine car maintenance. Before you hit the highway to get out of town, make sure your car is caught up on all of its routine maintenance. You don’t want to get delayed by a flat tire, a dead battery, or an overheated car. Let our Clermont Toyota service techs get you caught up on things like oil changes, battery inspections, and tire rotations before you leave.
Tip #4: Know what to pack. Do you know what to pack when evacuating a hurricane? Our Clermont Toyota dealership recommends you bring clothing, medication, any important paperwork, your IDs, cash, and pillows and blankets. You should also remember to toss in a first aid kit, phone chargers, and bottled water and snacks to take to your final destination.
Tip #5: Gas up BEFORE the mad rush begins. The gas stations are going to be crowded the closer the hurricane gets, so gas up a few days before you leave. That way you can quickly and efficiently get out of town and top the tank off when you’re further away and the lines are shorter. This way, you’re not stuck waiting in line forever when you’re trying to get out of town.
Tip #6: Check your route before you leave the house. Check your intended route for traffic and weather before you leave your home. Some routes get choked with people trying to evacuate and if you check yours ahead of time, you might be able to find an alternate route that will get you to your final destination faster.
Stay safe this weekend! If you need to get caught up on auto service before you head out, call Toyota of Clermont to schedule today. We’re open seven days a week at (352) 404-7001.