But sometimes it’s unavoidable. What should you do if you drive into a hailstorm? Experts agree your best bet is to pull off the road and find shelter.
Hail can vary in size from small pebbles to ice balls large enough to collapse a car’s roof. Since you can’t be sure how severe a storm will become, be cautious and park your car somewhere out of the hail, like under a gas station overhang.
This isn’t just to protect your car. It’s also to protect you. Hail can shatter windows, pockmark siding and pummel vehicles. It can cause nasty injuries. That’s also why you don’t leave your vehicle in the middle of a hailstorm.
To make matters worse, hail often signals more severe weather, like tornadoes, is on its way. If that happens, the hail itself might be the least of your worries.
If large hail falls, pull over. But if there’s no shelter, there are a couple things you should do:
After the storm
Contact your insurance company to let them know your vehicle was damaged in a hail storm. Then head to Great Plains Auto Body to restore it to its pre-storm condition.