How to Protect Your Car from Flooding
Take the Steps You Can Before It’s Too Late
The number of cars totaled by floodwaters in the United States is going to sky rocket and probably even break some records in 2017. With hurricane Harvey having wrecked the Texas Coastline, hurricane Irma is now currently baring down on Florida showing no relief for the southeast states. With hurricane Jose trailing not far behind, we’re likely to see some serious property damage in the weeks to come.
To reduce the amount of property lost, preparations must be made. While it is not always possible to take the kind of precautions you would like, there are a few things you can do to try to minimize the damages to your car.
To start, if possible, get your vehicle and toys to higher ground. While we never condone breaking laws, there are often parking structures and taller buildings you can rent space in to get your vehicles to a safer place. This is assuming you do not have the ability to raise your vehicles up off of the ground on your own property.
If flooding is predicted to be minimal, get your vehicle up on blocks or drive up ramps. Something that will let the water flow through it is best and always preferable. While most parts on the vehicle can be replaced, the interior is always the hardest to keep dry. Do your best to seal the doors and interior from water getting in. This includes the ventilation and flood boards, which is why getting the vehicle up in the air is best.
There are products on the market available that are typically referred to as “flood covers”. These are something you drive onto or into that envelope the vehicle to create a seamless protection against water. They have mixed reviews, and for some, it may be too late. With enough time and planning though, they may come in handy.
While it’s important to protect your car from water damage, it’s also important to secure your vehicle in a location where it will not be swept away by strong currents or damaged by large debris. Also, inflatable car rafts are a thing! While they may be as questionable as the flood covers, under the right circumstances it may be your best option.
Returning to your flooded car can be devastating, and add more stress on top of an already stressful situation. Car flood protection comes in many forms, and you must find one that fits your lifestyle. Have a plan. Do not wait until it is too late to take the necessary precautions to protect your vehicle, but remember, it can be replaced. It is always recommended that you get flood insurance if you live in an area where flooding is an issue. If you doubt your coverage, take the time to call your agent and find out (since that’s what you pay them for).