For work, family and social life, holidays and during emergencies, our vehicles are one of our most essential possessions. Every year severe storms, flooding and large hail are relentless in the damage they cause to Queensland vehicles.

Regardless if you own, lease or are renting a vehicle of any type, before the next natural disaster hits put a plan in place and take the necessary steps to protect your vehicle.

How to get your vehicle ready for the next natural disaster

Complete the following steps now to ensure you and your vehicle are best prepared for a natural disaster. 

Hover over the interactive dots below or expand the checklist to find out how. 

Alternatively the following checklist is also available in the Get Ready Queensland protection while you are out and about booklet which is available to download.

Vehicle scene
Make sure you're covered

Ensure your car insurance is current and that it adequately covers your vehicle.

54.00%
74.00%
Insurance policy icon
Check your tyres

Check you have good tyre tread (at least 1.5mm deep across the whole tyre width).

78.00%
67.00%
Tyres icon
Headlights and rearlights

Check all of your vehicle’s lights work well.

65.00%
75.00%
Vehicle lights icon
Clean windscreen and lights

Your windscreen and lights are clean.

45.00%
67.00%
Windscreen icon
Spare fuel

Ensure you have a spare supply of fuel for use in your vehicle to get you to the nearest fuel outlet (ensure you store fuel safely in an appropriate container).

59.00%
34.00%
Extra fuel icon
Vehicle emergency kit

Pack a vehicle emergency kit, stored at all times in your car.
 

62.00%
51.00%
Vehicle emergency kit icon
Download useful apps

Download useful apps and sign-up to local weather alerts and warnings for the areas you are visiting.

30.00%
70.00%
Roadtrip phone icon
Make sure you're covered

Ensure your car insurance is current and that it adequately covers your vehicle.

54.00%
74.00%
Insurance policy icon
Check your tyres

Check you have good tyre tread (at least 1.5mm deep across the whole tyre width).

78.00%
67.00%
Tyres icon
Headlights and rearlights

Check all of your vehicle’s lights work well.

65.00%
75.00%
Vehicle lights icon
Clean windscreen and lights

Your windscreen and lights are clean.

45.00%
67.00%
Windscreen icon
Spare fuel

Ensure you have a spare supply of fuel for use in your vehicle to get you to the nearest fuel outlet (ensure you store fuel safely in an appropriate container).

59.00%
34.00%
Extra fuel icon
Vehicle emergency kit

Pack a vehicle emergency kit, stored at all times in your car.
 

62.00%
51.00%
Vehicle emergency kit icon
Download useful apps

Download useful apps and sign-up to local weather alerts and warnings for the areas you are visiting.

30.00%
70.00%
Roadtrip phone icon
Make sure you're covered

Ensure your car insurance is current and that it adequately covers your vehicle.

54.00%
74.00%
Insurance policy icon
Check your tyres

Check you have good tyre tread (at least 1.5mm deep across the whole tyre width).

78.00%
67.00%
Tyres icon
Headlights and rearlights

Check all of your vehicle’s lights work well.

65.00%
75.00%
Vehicle lights icon
Clean windscreen and lights

Your windscreen and lights are clean.

45.00%
67.00%
Windscreen icon
Spare fuel

Ensure you have a spare supply of fuel for use in your vehicle to get you to the nearest fuel outlet (ensure you store fuel safely in an appropriate container).

59.00%
34.00%
Extra fuel icon
Vehicle emergency kit

Pack a vehicle emergency kit, stored at all times in your car.
 

62.00%
51.00%
Vehicle emergency kit icon
Download useful apps

Download useful apps and sign-up to local weather alerts and warnings for the areas you are visiting.

30.00%
70.00%
Roadtrip phone icon

Pack your vehicle emergency kit

Your vehicle emergency kit, stored at all times in the vehicle, will ensure you are prepared for all manner of situations that may occur if you are caught in a natural disaster. 

Hover over the interactive dots below or expand the checklist to find our what to include.

Alternatively the following checklist is also available in the Get Ready Queensland protection while you are out and about booklet which is available to download.

Vehicle emergency kit icon
Blanket

In case you get stranded in your car overnight, blankets will keep you warm and a tarpaulin will help keep the weather out of your car in case of a shattered windscreen or window. You can also use these items to protect your car if you get caught in a hail storm.

12.00%
58.00%
Blanket icon
Toilet paper

It’s always good to have a roll of toilet paper on hand.

28.00%
39.00%
Toilet paper icon
Emergency contacts

Save local emergency contact details in your phone in case you need to call for help. Check out the Get Ready emergency contacts page for for a full listing.

35.00%
53.00%
Phone icon
Torch and spare batteries

A heavy duty, waterproof torch (and spare batteries) will provide valuable light when you most need it. Avoid using your smartphone as a light source to preserve battery during an emergency.

37.00%
71.00%
Torch icon
Food and water

Bottled water and dry food or snacks in case you are caught away from your home.

66.00%
39.00%
Water icon
Documents

Keep a photo copy of your driver’s licence, passport, travel and insurance papers as back-up in the event you cannot gain access your home or household emergency kit.

56.00%
56.00%
Documents icon
First aid kit

Ensure you have a first aid kit and manual in case of any medical incident on the road.

64.00%
75.00%
First aid kit icon
Spare tyre

Know where the jack in the car is stored and have 1-2 spare tyres packed in case you get a puncture.

85.00%
38.00%
Spare tyre icon
Tow rope

Pack a towrope in case you get bogged. However always abide by ‘if it’s flooded, forget it’ if you come across any flooded road on your travels.

85.00%
52.00%
Tow rope icon
Toolkit

Pack a tool kit in case you need to do any mechanical repairs whilst on the road – you don’t need to be a mechanic but it’s good to know a few basic skills.

78.00%
74.00%
Toolkit icon
Blanket

In case you get stranded in your car overnight, blankets will keep you warm and a tarpaulin will help keep the weather out of your car in case of a shattered windscreen or window. You can also use these items to protect your car if you get caught in a hail storm.

12.00%
58.00%
Blanket icon
Toilet paper

It’s always good to have a roll of toilet paper on hand.

28.00%
39.00%
Toilet paper icon
Emergency contacts

Save local emergency contact details in your phone in case you need to call for help. Check out the Get Ready emergency contacts page for for a full listing.

35.00%
53.00%
Phone icon
Torch and spare batteries

A heavy duty, waterproof torch (and spare batteries) will provide valuable light when you most need it. Avoid using your smartphone as a light source to preserve battery during an emergency.

37.00%
71.00%
Torch icon
Food and water

Bottled water and dry food or snacks in case you are caught away from your home.

66.00%
39.00%
Water icon
Documents

Keep a photo copy of your driver’s licence, passport, travel and insurance papers as back-up in the event you cannot gain access your home or household emergency kit.

56.00%
56.00%
Documents icon
First aid kit

Ensure you have a first aid kit and manual in case of any medical incident on the road.

64.00%
75.00%
First aid kit icon
Spare tyre

Know where the jack in the car is stored and have 1-2 spare tyres packed in case you get a puncture.

85.00%
38.00%
Spare tyre icon
Tow rope

Pack a towrope in case you get bogged. However always abide by ‘if it’s flooded, forget it’ if you come across any flooded road on your travels.

85.00%
52.00%
Tow rope icon
Toolkit

Pack a tool kit in case you need to do any mechanical repairs whilst on the road – you don’t need to be a mechanic but it’s good to know a few basic skills.

78.00%
74.00%
Toolkit icon
Blanket

In case you get stranded in your car overnight, blankets will keep you warm and a tarpaulin will help keep the weather out of your car in case of a shattered windscreen or window. You can also use these items to protect your car if you get caught in a hail storm.

12.00%
58.00%
Blanket icon
Toilet paper

It’s always good to have a roll of toilet paper on hand.

28.00%
39.00%
Toilet paper icon
Emergency contacts

Save local emergency contact details in your phone in case you need to call for help. Check out the Get Ready emergency contacts page for for a full listing.

35.00%
53.00%
Phone icon
Torch and spare batteries

A heavy duty, waterproof torch (and spare batteries) will provide valuable light when you most need it. Avoid using your smartphone as a light source to preserve battery during an emergency.

37.00%
71.00%
Torch icon
Food and water

Bottled water and dry food or snacks in case you are caught away from your home.

66.00%
39.00%
Water icon
Documents

Keep a photo copy of your driver’s licence, passport, travel and insurance papers as back-up in the event you cannot gain access your home or household emergency kit.

56.00%
56.00%
Documents icon
First aid kit

Ensure you have a first aid kit and manual in case of any medical incident on the road.

64.00%
75.00%
First aid kit icon
Spare tyre

Know where the jack in the car is stored and have 1-2 spare tyres packed in case you get a puncture.

85.00%
38.00%
Spare tyre icon
Tow rope

Pack a towrope in case you get bogged. However always abide by ‘if it’s flooded, forget it’ if you come across any flooded road on your travels.

85.00%
52.00%
Tow rope icon
Toolkit

Pack a tool kit in case you need to do any mechanical repairs whilst on the road – you don’t need to be a mechanic but it’s good to know a few basic skills.

78.00%
74.00%
Toolkit icon

When a severe weather warning is issued

The first thing you should consider if a severe weather or flood warning is issued is do you need to drive at all. If you are already on the road when a storm hits or need to be on the road due to family circumstances, follow these tips and remember never attempt to drive across a flooded road.

When severe weather warnings are issued, park vehicles under cover, away from trees, power lines and waterways. If you cannot access undercover shelter for your vehicles, firmly secure blankets or quilts to them to minimise hail damage.
If you need to drive home during a severe storm or flood warning, check road conditions before heading out.
If you are caught on the road during a severe storm turn on your headlights (low beam), maintain a safe following distance, use cold air to demist windscreens, avoid breaking suddenly, accelerating or turning quickly and use road line markings to stay in the middle of your lane.
If visibility is low or if you are uncomfortable driving in the conditions, pull over in a safe place and with plenty of warning and turn on your hazard lights.
If you are in a moving vehicle during an earthquake stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. During an earthquake avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses and power lines.

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