Hailstorms can strike anywhere and can pose a serious risk to both you and your vehicle. In the event that hail strikes while you are behind the wheel, it could dent the body of your vehicle or even crash through the windows or windshield—potentially injuring you as well. Take the following precautions to keep yourself and your vehicle safe.
Do not get out of your vehicle if you are driving during a hailstorm.
- If you can pull over to the side of the road, do so safely.
- Park your car on an angle so that the hail hits the front of your car, since your windshield in made of reinforced glass, whereas the side and rear windows are not.
- In a severe storm, position your back to the windows inside your vehicle and lie down. Then, cover yourself with a blanket from your roadside emergency supply kit. This will protect you in the event that the hail breaks any of your car windows.
- If your car suffered damage to any of the windows, remove broken glass immediately to avoid injuries.
Generally, your comprehensive auto policy will pay for the damages caused by severe weather and natural disasters.
- Locate a body shop that you trust to make any necessary repairs.
- Discuss the extent of the damage with the body shop and your insurance broker.
- Before leaving the shop, make sure that you are fully satisfied with the repairs made to your vehicle. Check for any remaining dents and obtain a written guarantee of their services.
Stay Inside to Protect Yourself
Your safety is most important in our book! If there is a major hailstorm in your area, do not leave the comfort of your home or work, or attempt to cover your car with blankets or move it to a different location. You may suffer injuries while trying to protect your vehicle. Your safety is priceless; your vehicle’s safety is not.
For additional driving safety guidance and auto insurance solutions, contact us today.
Roadside Emergency Kits
Be sure to stock your roadside emergency kit with these important items:
- Jumper cables
- Road flares
- Motor oil
- First-aid kit
- Blankets and warm clothes
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Extra fuses
- Basic tools such as a screwdriver, wrench and utility knife
- Cellphone and charger
- Tire inflator and tire pressure gauge
- Ice scraper
- Non-perishable food and bottled water
Get Familiar With Your Kit
Before you need to use your kit in an emergency situation, it is wise to thoroughly familiarize yourself with its contents. Take the time to review how each item in your kit will assist in an emergency, and ensure that you know how to use the contents properly and safely.
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