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Every year, from June 1st to November 30th, this six-month period is officially known as hurricane season. When a hurricane or severe storm system strikes your area, people are impacted in a variety of ways, ranging from direct home damage and power outages to the disruption of goods and services.

The most important tip is to recognize that extreme weather conditions are not conducive to driving, do not drive unless absolutely necessary. However, there are a few key points that can help you in an emergency where is required to drive.

  1. Keep an eye out for hazards on the road.

Downed electrical wires, fallen trees, scattered debris, and other people or cars are all things you might encounter on your route. Stay alert and keep your hands firmly on the steering wheel so you can react appropriately.

  1. Increase your following distance from the car in front of you.

Always give yourself extra buffer room in between vehicles in case you need to come to a sudden stop, or the rain impacts your braking ability.

  1. Protect insurance paperwork.

If possible, keep a copy of the car insurance paperwork in a zip-top bag within your go bag. Should the car be damaged, don’t delay calling the insurance company for days. Chances are, you’re not alone, and the local repair shops will quickly be booked up.

  1. Take pictures.

This goes for the car, as well as the house. Snap a few before pictures in case you need to prove damage was caused by the storm.