It's always a crazy to experience a hailstorm. Seeing ice balls fall from the hot summer sky is wild! The damage hail can cause to your car is also wild - it can cause dents, cracks in your windshield, even broken windows. Driving during a hailstorm can be quite dangerous. Follow these tips and check out our handy infographic to stay safe.
Slowing down will help reduce the impact force of hail during a storm, which can lessen damage. Leave plenty of room between your car and the cars around it so you'll have more time to react in limited visibility. You should also turn on your low beams to make your car more visible to others.
If it is safe to do so, pull your car over. Stopping your car will help reduce the impact of hail stones and protect you from driving in limited visibility conditions. If you can pull over and stop your car somewhere covered, that's even better! Be sure to avoid areas that could flash flood during a storm, like a ditch.
Stay in Your Car
Staying in your car is the safest place to be while driving during a hailstorm. If the hail can crack your windshield, think about what it could do to you or your passengers! If the storm is particularly bad and you can't find cover for your car, be sure to lie down in the center of your car and cover your head and face to avoid any glass shards from broken windows.
Check on Your Coverage
Finally, if you get caught in a hailstorm, hope that you have comprehensive coverage on your insurance! This is the type of auto insurance that typically covers damage from falling hail. Give your insurance agent a call to confirm that you have this coverage going into hail season, which runs from May to September.