Can you imagine one evening driving with your family after a great afternoon, then boom! A hailstorm occurs! What next? Of course, the first thing you will experience is confusion, not knowing what to do next. And if it is the first time to experience it, panic might kick in very fast. Weather can be very unpredictable; one minute, the sun might be shining, and the next, a hailstorm. If you are ever caught up in hail while driving, this piece will be helpful.
1. Slow down
Amid all the confusion, it is very easy to cause an accident or be involved in one. If you were moving at a higher speed, you want to slow down. Keep in mind that the impact of the hail is higher on a fast-moving object compared to a slower one. Moving fast is not only dangerous but might also cause more damage to your vehicle.
2. Pull over
3. Stay inside the vehicle
Sometimes, you might find yourself in the middle of nowhere when a hailstorm occurs. In such a case, pull over to the side of the road. Keep in mind that your safety comes first before anything else. Leaving the car trying to find shelter somewhere nearby may not be the best option here.
While in the vehicle, stay as far as possible from the windows because some hailstones may break the glass windows. Find something to cover yourself to avoid the flying glasses from cutting you. In case your windows or windshield break; a jacket, shawl, or blanket will do. If you do not have anything to cover yourself, you can use your car mats; they will really come in handy. Also, lie down on the seats facing downwards.
4. Check your vehicle
After the hail stops, check if anyone is hurt. In case of any injuries, you can do some first aid before rushing them to the hospital if the injury is serious. The next thing to do is check for any car damages. Did the windows or windshield break? Are there any dents on the car body? If possible, take pictures of the damaged parts as they may come in handy while approaching your insurance agency for a claim. You can then give the insurance agency a call and let them know that you have been caught up in a hailstorm and your car is damaged. If you have a comprehensive cover, they will advise you on where to take your vehicle for hail repair.
If you are ever caught in a hailstorm while driving, you now know what to do. While sometimes they may catch you off guard, make a habit of checking the weather forecast every day before leaving the house.