Hailstorms are a fact of life in many areas, especially in the Upper Midwest states. These storms are responsible for considerable damage to vehicles, buildings and crops each year, as well as injuries to people and animals. While hailstorms may cause a lot of damage to your parked vehicle, they are especially dangerous if they strike while you are driving. Here are some tips for navigating the road while driving in hail.
First, the best way to deal with hail while driving is to not have to in the first place. Plan your trip to avoid any sign of storms that could produce hail whenever possible. Avoiding the storm in the first place is absolutely the best line of defense.
Of course, that isn’t always possible, and sometimes a hailstorm hits unexpectedly or without much warning, leaving you caught on the road during the storm. The best thing to do in this situation is to slow down and pull off the road as soon as it is safe. Since hail is frozen precipitation, it can be as slippery as ice or snow once it begins to coat the road.
Stopping beneath a highway overpass or bridge can shelter your vehicle from hail, but if that isn’t possible, simply pulling over still is your best course of action. Be aware of where you’re stopping, however, as if you cannot completely exit the active roadway or stopping in low-lying areas could leave you open to hazards like other vehicles or flooding. Stopping the vehicle may also reduce the likelihood of the hail stones damaging the windshield.
Since the windshield in a vehicle is stronger than the side windows and rear window, it is best to park with the front of your vehicle facing the hail, as well. This prevents the hail from directly hitting the less durable side and back windows which will break more easily. If you can, you may also consider covering yourself with a jacket or blanket. If especially damaging hail strikes and breaks a window in your car, having a coat or blanket over you can protect you from being injured by broken glass.
Once the storm has cleared, Impact Paintless Dent Repair can fix the dents and dings that hail caused, restoring the look of your car or truck. Most repairs can even be completed in a single day, so you can be back on the road fast. Contact the location nearest you today to learn more or to schedule a service appointment.