7 Tips to Get Your Car Prepared for A Disaster

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September has been a tough month for a lot of people.

With three massive hurricanes striking U.S. territories, and two earthquakes hitting Mexico at a 7 magnitude and higher, now is the time to make sure you’re prepared in the event of a natural disaster.

Follow Mercedes Benz Werkstatt’s 7 tips for roadside safety:

1. Always keep an emergency kit in your car: In emergency situations, it’s important to be prepared with an emergency kit (one with food and water, and a second with a first aid), in addition to a few extra necessities like jumper cables, flares, flashlights, a cell phone charger, spare charged phone, a shovel, rope and sand (for tire traction).

2. Maintain a healthy car service schedule: In emergency situations, you may have to drive further distances for safety. You’ll want to have a mechanic routinely check your antifreeze levels, your battery and ignition systems, your brakes, your exhaust, your heater and defroster, your lights and hazard lights, the oil, thermostat and windshield wipers. Maintaining a regular car service schedule can prevent breakdown in emergency situations.

3. Keep your gas tank full: Like we saw in Florida, disaster situations can create long lines at the pump. Keeping your car filled with at least a half of tank of gas will ensure your safety in times of evacuation.

4. Avoid flooded areas or roads where flood waters have withdrawn: Flood waters weaken roads, which can cause collapse. Avoid overpasses, bridges and other hazardous areas in times of heavy rain or during powerful shaking.

5. Stay in your car if a power line falls on your vehicle: If a power line falls on your car, stay inside until a first responder can assist with removal. You’re at greater risk of electrical shock until the line can be safely removed.

6. Carry a map, compass and an emergency contact list: In today’s digital world, we often forget how much we rely on our smart phones and electronic devices. In cases of emergencies, cell service can be down for days, which is why it’s important have a map and a compass on-hand to inform others of your location or to find your way to safety. It’s also a good idea to keep a card in your car and your wallet with your emergency information and contacts.

7. Keep blankets, clothing & copies of important documents in your car: If you must evacuate your home, you’ll need clothing and blankets to keep warm and dry. You should also keep copies of any important documents in your car and with a friend, in case your home does not survive the disaster.

You can never be too prepared, especially when it comes to protecting yourself and your loved ones. Regular car maintenance is the best way to keep your car running in tip-top condition and prevent breakdown.

Whether you drive a German car — like a BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Audi — or a domestic automobile, at Mercedes Benz Werkstatt our technicians can diagnose and fix any issues with your vehicle thanks to their robust understanding of these systems. From basic preventative maintenance to more complex repairs, we confidently consider ourselves the foremost experts of foreign and domestic auto repair in Los Angeles.