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How Do I Protect My Toyota from Summer Storms?

Tips for Protecting Your Toyota from Storms During the Summer Season 

The state of Ohio sits on the eastern edge of the United States’ Tornado Alley. While we generally don’t see the number of twisters like Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska do, it never hurts to be prepared for summer storms. In addition to knowing where in your home to seek shelter (a basement/cellar is best, otherwise the bathtub or a closet are adequate) and to have an emergency kit (complete with basic first aid supplies and several water bottles), it is good to know how to keep your vehicle as protected as possible. Here are some tips to help you out! 

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Keep Your Toyota in the Garage 

While a tornado can easily destroy your garage, it never hurts to try to protect your Toyota as best as possible during severe weather. In a growing family with multiple vehicles, there might not be room in the garage for your Toyota, so the next best thing is to try to park it away from weakened or dying trees that can easily break apart during strong winds. 

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Wrap Up Your Toyota 

We are always fascinated by the hail that sometimes comes with severe weather, though it hurts (and can damage your Toyota) no matter if it is the size of peas or softballs. If you aren’t able to park your Toyota in a garage, we recommend wrapping your vehicle with something that will provide cushioning, such as an old mattress topper or those really ugly blankets you keep getting as gifts. Create a second layer of protection by wrapping your Toyota in plastic tarps. Anchor everything down with ropes, bungee chords, or adjustable straps. 

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From all of us here at White’s Toyota, we hope that you have a safe summer season! 

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