Prep your N Charlotte Toyota for the storm

Prep your N Charlotte Toyota for the storm
N Charlotte Toyota safety
N Charlotte Toyota safety
You’ve probably heard about the lingering tropical depression that’s menacing Florida and the lower east coast. While this may not be on the forefront of your mind here in North Carolina, the storm has been predicted to move up the east coast and North Carolina could be in its pathway. Toyota of N Charlotte wants to keep everyone safe, so we’re sharing some tips for driving in rain and prepping for storms!

Make sure your car is ready for a storm at Toyota of N Charlotte

Whether you’re staying home or heading out of town for a storm, it’s important that your car is prepped for bad weather and dangerous conditions. The experts at our Toyota Service Center near Charlotte can make sure that your car is ready for rainy and windy conditions with auto service like:
  • Brake inspection – be ready for sudden stops!
  • Tire pressure check and tire rotation – make sure your tires are safe to drive on.
  • Car battery test – don’t be stuck on the side of the road in a storm with a dead car battery.
  • Windshield wiper replacement and headlight restoration – maximize your visibility in the rain.
If your car is staying put through a storm, you should prepare to protect it from any damages that storms can cause. A tropical depression is a large system of storms, that’s not quite powerful enough to be a tropical storm or hurricane – but it can bring strong winds, lighting, thunder, and lots and lots of rain. In preparation of strong storms like tropical depression 9 near Florida right now, prep your car with:
  • Parking it under a sturdy structure. Keep it dry and out of harm’s way by parking it in a garage or under a parking structure.
  • A car cover or tarp. Protect the paint and body of the car from storm debris damage by covering the outside with a cover or tarp. Don’t forget to tie it down securely!
  • A full tank of gas. Just in case you have to leave or evacuate, it’s important that your car is prepped to go and be on the road as long as you need it to be!
Don’t forget to check and go over your insurance coverage. Ensure that your car will be covered in case of any storm damages. Consider taking pictures of your N Charlotte Toyota in case you have to make a claim!

Safe driving tips for rain and storms

If you find yourself behind the wheel during a tropical depression or storm of any kind, you should exude extreme caution and keep safe driving tips in mind. When driving in rainy and windy weather, you should:
  • Slow down. The faster you drive, the harder it is for your tires to keep traction in the rain. Slowing down also leaves you more reaction in time in case you need to stop or change lanes.
  • Leave a safe following distance between your N Charlotte Toyota and the car in front of you. Allow enough safe space for sudden stops.
  • Avoid driving next to larger vehicles like semi-trucks. The wind can push larger vehicles into your car, causing a collision.
For help prepping for tropical depressions, tropical storms, hurricanes, or any type of storm – call us at (888) 883-3797!