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How Severe Weather Can Impact Your Car

From flooding to strong winds to hail damage, extreme weather conditions can wreak havoc on your vehicle, so it’s important to take the necessary precautions. It is vital to be prepared before severe weather hits. The following recommendations are things you can do to protect your car from severe weather. 


If you live in an area that’s prone to flooding, make sure to move your car to higher ground, if it’s possible. You should also be prepared for any water that does make its way into the interior of your car, as this could cause a lot of damage. Consider using a waterproof cover for your car to protect it from the elements. Unfortunately, if you’re in an area where water levels have reached your headlights or higher, your car may be a total loss and it may be best to just recover your belongings.

Heavy rains

Events, such as hurricanes, with heavy rains can cause damage to your car in multiple ways. From water damage to strong windblown debris that can ruin the exterior of your car, and the results can be costly. To protect your car, you should park in a secure location and cover any openings with plastic to keep water out. You could also buy a weatherproof cover or take the extra step of waxing your car and applying a protectant to help it withstand the elements.

Strong winds

With heavy rain usually comes strong winds as well. These gusts can cause branches, debris and other objects to be thrown at your car with enough force to cause serious damage. To protect your vehicle from these winds, you should park in a garage or safe location. If that’s not an option, make sure to cover your windows and use ropes or straps to tie down any loose parts of your car.


Hail can cause serious damage to your car if you’re not prepared. This can include broken windows, dented panels and even punctured tires. Always take the extra step to park your car in a covered area or garage whenever you can, as this will significantly reduce the chance of hail damage. If you don’t have a garage or secure area, try to protect your car from the elements by covering it with a tarp or blanket. 

Extreme cold 

During the winter months, extreme cold can take a toll on your car. The cold temperatures can cause your battery to lose power, which will make it difficult for your vehicle to start. It’s important to keep your battery charged and ready. Also consider buying an engine block heater to help keep your engine warm during the winter months. You should also be prepared for icy conditions on the road and use the appropriate winter tires for your car. 

Extreme heat 

Extreme heat can have a major impact on the performance of your car. The summer months bring increased temperatures, which can cause your engine and tires to overheat. To help prevent this, you should get regular tuneups and make sure that your cooling system is in working order. You should also use the right kind of oil for your car and change it regularly. Additionally, make sure to check your tires for any signs of wear and tear, as the heat can cause them to wear down faster. 

Take the necessary precautions 

To keep your car in working order, you need to prepare it for any severe weather conditions. With the right maintenance and preparations, you can ensure that your car stays in good condition no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. More often than not in these weather situations, you just want to make sure your vehicle is in a secure place such as a garage or covered area. Protecting any vulnerable openings that could let in water or debris will also help keep your car running smoothly. If you can’t take the extra steps, try to be sure to cover your windows and use ropes or straps to tie down any loose parts of your car to protect it.

Acceptance Insurance has you covered 

At Acceptance, we understand the importance of protecting your car in any type of weather. That’s why we offer various types of coverage to help keep you and your vehicle safe. With our comprehensive insurance, you can get the protection you need so that if something unexpected happens, you won’t have to worry about paying for costly repairs or replacements. 

Acceptance offers the reliable assurance that your car will be protected regardless of what unpredictable weather comes your way. Learn more about our coverage options and get a free, no-hassle online quote today! 

Common Questions About How Severe Weather Affects Cars 

What Should I Do If My Car Is Stuck In A Flood? 

If your car is stuck in a flood, the best thing to do is remain calm and assess the situation. In some cases, you may be able to drive out of the water if it’s shallow enough. However, if the water is too deep or there are other factors that make it unsafe to drive out, it’s best to call for help. You can contact your roadside assistance provider or a tow truck service to get you out of the situation quickly and safely. Once you’ve been pulled out, it’s important to take your car in for an inspection as soon as possible to make sure there is no water damage that could cause further problems down the line. Additionally, if your car has been submerged in water for an extended period of time, it’s likely that the engine may be damaged and you will need to contact a professional mechanic for further assistance. In any case, make sure you know the proper steps for getting out of a flooded area before entering one. Be prepared and stay safe! 

How Can I Protect My Car From Being Affected By Tornadoes And Hurricanes? 

One of the best ways to protect your car from being affected by tornadoes and hurricanes is to have it in a safe place before the storm hits. If possible, move your vehicle indoors to a garage or other structure that is made of strong materials such as brick or concrete. If this isn’t an option, you can also try to park your car in a ditch or low lying area, as the ground around it will help provide some protection. Additionally, you should remove any loose objects from your car that could become dangerous projectiles if they are sucked up by the storm and make sure all of your windows are closed tight. Finally, you may also want to consider investing in tornado- and hurricane-resistant building materials, like concrete or cement blocks, to help protect your car a bit more. 


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