There are many ways in which your vehicle can suffer damage; one which perhaps isn’t paid as much attention as it merits is being caught in a hailstorm. Yet, damage caused by such events, can end up being one of the most costly to repair. However, there are a series of actions to consider which can give you the best chance of avoiding such expense. Here are four key ways to give you the best chance of avoiding such a damaging event.
Check The Weather Throughout Your Journey
As weather forecasts have become increasingly accurate over time, and with the increasing use of radar, computer simulation, and the like, predictions of the positioning, severity, and length of weather events is much more reliable. Of course, there are still those unexpected hailstorms; but you are giving yourself the best chance of avoiding the possibility.
That said, it’s easy to forget, especially for longer journeys when setting out in fine weather, to check key points along your proposed route – and for the specific time you’ll be in each area. It’s also worth signing up for relevant weather alerts on your mobile device. We know that being caught in a storm can be frightening for all, but particularly for any children or seniors.
Take Care Where You Park
At your home, this means using your garage or carport as a matter of routine, particularly if your area is subject to sudden storms. When away from home, check out covered parking facilities where these are available. This is a wise move, even if it means parking slightly further away from your destination. In an emergency situation, where you are caught in a sudden hailstorm, if full cover isn’t quickly available, seek out large buildings where you can at least park out of the prevailing wind direction. Remember, if you are familiar with the area, there might also be an underpass or the like which you could use.
Cover Your Vehicle
Although it might not provide complete protection in a spectacularly violent hailstorm, it pays to invest in a quality protective cover which can be used when necessary. In an emergency, it can be useful to have some old sheets and blankets which can quickly be pressed into service, perhaps offering several layers of protection. When covering, remember to protect all areas both from an above and a side-on windblown attack – including doors and side windows. Remember also to have a supply of tape to secure them – but make sure it won’t damage your vehicle’s paintwork!
Make Sure You Are Properly Insured
This might not prevent damage, but can at least mitigate the level of costs that might ensue. Do take time to check your auto-owners insurance policy – and contact your insurer if necessary – to confirm that hail damage is included. It’s also worthwhile to make sure you have a contact for a windscreen repair company ready to use if sudden damage to that area of your vehicle occurs. If surface damage occurs, it’s also good to know which auto detailing and dent repair shops are available to carry out the necessary refurbishment work on your vehicle.
Having a clear plan of action to help avoid the costly damage – and often traumatic experience – of being caught in a violent hailstorm makes good sense. To make sure you are best prepared, contact our expert team now at Bama Auto Glass.