Imagine driving home with your family from a wonderful picnic, then all of a sudden, the hail lets loose; what next? Most often, the first thing that will kick in is panic, especially if you have never been in such a situation before. What can make it even worse is if you do not know the steps to take when caught up in the middle of the hailstorm. To be on the safe side and be prepared at all times, you may want to go through this piece. We will be looking at things you should do when caught up in a hailstorm; read on.
- Find a covered parking
Your safety is of utmost importance. The first thing that you should do is to find covered parking. Look around and see if there is anywhere you can get covered parking. It may be the nearest gas station or even an underpass. If you do not seem to find any, pull over to the side of the road and wait it out. Do not park your car under a tree as it may be struck by lightning, and the tree branches may fall and damage your vehicle.
- Protect yourself
After getting a spot to park your car, ensure that you cover yourself as sometimes the hailstones may have a big impact and break the windows or the windscreen. You want to be creative and find something that will prevent the broken glasses from cutting you. If you have a coat or a blanket in the car, ensure you cover yourself completely. Car mats can also be a good option if you do not have a coat or blanket in the vehicle.
Move away from the windows towards the middle part of the vehicle just in case windows or windscreen breaks. Never underestimate any hailstorm and decide to continue driving as you may end up damaging your car and hurting yourself in case the window or windscreen breaks.
- Drive to safety
After the hailstorm has subsided, get out of the vehicle and assess the damage. At this point, it would be wise to call your insurance company and find out if they cover the damages caused by hailstorms. If they do, ask them of the steps you should take- most of the companies will ask you to send them photos of the damaged parts of the vehicle. You can also search for a hail repair company near you on the internet. You want to choose one with a good reputation and offer top-notch hail repair services using the latest technology.
There is nothing as bad as being caught off-guard when the hail lets loose and not knowing what to do. Now that you have gone through this piece, you will at least be prepared if it ever happens to you. Also, ensure that you buy a hail storm cover that you can use to cover your vehicle during a hailstorm.