Preparing your Toyota vehicle for hurricane season is similar to preparing for vacation. You need to be sure all of your belts and hoses are in good condition as well as having a functional spare tire. Is the air conditioning in good condition? Do you have emergency gear in the trunk? Do you have titles, registration, and insurance information ready to go with you if needed? These are just a few of the areas you need to be sure are covered in case of an impending hurricane.
Perform Tire Maintenance
If you have to leave quickly, it is essential you have the tires ready to go also. You need to be sure you have a good alignment, tire rotation, and correct air pressure. Don't forget to check the spare at the same time. You can burn more fuel using under-inflated tires, and also have more resistance when traveling down the road. Be sure you have a car jack, and it is in good working condition. It is also advisable to have a can of emergency tire sealant in case of the unexpected flat.
Check the Vehicle's Fluid Levels
Other than regular maintenance, you should check the power steering fluid, oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid, and radiator coolant. You should also have extra fluids for the trip. You don't know when the next gas station will be open, so it is important to keep fuel consumption on top of the list. If you have any extra fuel containers, it is a good idea to have them filled, just in case.
Get An Emergency Kit
You never know what you could face in your travels. You should have some tools in case you break down as well as jumper cables, extra fuses, a flashlight, extra batteries, road flares, a pocket knife, and a blanket or ground cover in case of road trouble. Don't forget some water, food, and snacks.
Acquire Necessary Documentation
It is extremely important to have all of the paperwork you might need when and if you need to leave your home behind. If your car is under warranty, be sure you bring the contract and any available maintenance records you have available. If you have road service, be sure you have the documentation in the car in advance of dangerous situations.
According to statistics from 1981 to 2010 seasons, nine hurricanes (three of them major hurricanes) were noted. Would you be prepared if a hurricane hits your neighborhood? Hopefully, with these guidelines you and your vehicle will be ready to roll.