How to protect your car before and after a typhoon
It’s summer, which means typhoon season is here. The typhoon Nida has just passed Hong Kong and brought some damages! So, it is always good to be prepared for the worst that could happen. Cars are especially vulnerable and very expensive to repair. Here, we can share what you can do to make sure that your car has the best chance of “being safe” before and after a typhoon!
BEFORE a typhoon
Place a heavy-duty cover on your car will help keep rainwater and dirt out. Even if it is not parked outdoor, rain could be blown from the sides.
Find safe parking
Check if your car is parked in a safe place. It should not be underneath trees and structures that could break due to strong winds. Similarly, do not park it near objects that could shift in a storm like garbage cans, plant pots.
After a typhoon
Give it a wash
Wash your car to get rid of acidic water and dirt that could ruin the paint and other parts. Do not allow mud to dry. If it is not yet practical to wash your car, then just hose it down with clean water to avoid spots left by pooled rainwater and grime.
Also, check if there is any moisture on the interiors like the carpet or the seats. If you know how, take them out to wash using dishwashing detergent. Then, allow them to dry completely in the sun. This is especially important if your car was waterlogged as any remaining moisture could cause molds or rust. You will also get that wet car smell that never seems to go away. A professional shop would be able to do a thorough job, because they have the right equipment to properly clean and dry upholstery and carpeting.
Get it checked out
If your car was badly damaged in the typhoon, quickly take it to or have it picked up by a service center. The queues for repair jobs can get quite long after a typhoon, so try to get your car to the shop as soon as possible. Get everything checked out before taking it for a drive yourself. Do not attempt to dismantle parts or conduct any repairs if you are not an expert.
Check your cover
Check what your insurance policy covers. Or you can also check out some information from the car insurance page of DirectAsia to make sure that your car will have the appropriate protection on the road or during some disasters.