If you live in an area where hailstorms are likely each year, then you know that driving in hail is tricky business. Even smaller pieces of hail can cause damage to your vehicle if it’s falling fast enough.
Here’s are some safety tips to take into consideration next time you’re caught driving in hail and what you can do if your car is damaged in the process:
When Driving in Hail, Don’t Ditch Your Car
Driving in hail can be a little intense and doing so makes many drivers nervous. But resist the urge to abandon your car once a hailstorm hits.
There’s no doubt that hail can damage your car, but it can also injure you if the stones are large enough. So keep driving forward if you can until you can find a safe place to pull over and exit your vehicle.
Find a Good Place to Pull Over
Your visibility will be diminished once you get caught in a hailstorm which can make driving in hail very dangerous. If the storm is severe, the hail can begin to accumulate on the roads making driving slippery and hazardous. Even if temperatures are hot, hail can build-up to the point where you are unable to steer and handle your vehicle properly.
As soon as you can, pull your car off the road, preferably under an overpass or other covered space. If you pull under an overpass, pull all the way to the right to stay out of the way of traffic and keep your emergency flashers and headlamps on. Avoid parking in low-level spots where water can rise quickly.
Drive Into the Storm
When driving in hail, switch your direction if necessary to take the hail straight on. Your front windshield glass is much stronger and thicker than the glass on your side and back windows making it less likely to break.
Large hailstones falling rapidly have been known to fracture or break car windows. If the stones are hitting your front windshield instead, you’ll minimize that risk.
Protect Your Passengers as Well as Yourself
Once you’ve found a safe place to park away from the hail storm, you and your passengers should move as far away from the glass as you can. You might need to have small children leave their seats to sit on the car floor. If any hail is still able to hit your car windows and break any glass, make sure everyone covers their faces.
Address the Damage
Even though the average hailstorm comes and goes quickly, they can cause some serious damage in that short time. If the damage is serious and there is broken glass and you’ve been injured, call for roadside assistance.
It’s also important that you call your insurance company as soon as you’re able so you can file a claim. Your insurance company can evaluate the damage so you find the right dent repair company to fix the damage.
We’re Here to Help
Even when you implement the tips for driving in hail, your car can still become damaged. This is where we come in. We specialize in repairing cars in Colorado that have been dented and damaged by hailstorms and we offer your our hassle-free services.
Contact us today to learn more about our services and to get your car in for repair and back on the road quickly. We look forward to helping you!