Living in Calgary it is not uncommon to get caught in a sudden hailstorm. It is one thing to watch hail coming down from the comforts of your home and quite another should you be driving in it. So, what should you do if you find yourself driving when a hailstorm hits? Here are a few tips to keep in mind!
As with driving in any storm, remaining calm is important. You never know how other drivers on the road will react; remaining calm will assist in your safe driving. Road conditions can be affected quite quickly, so ensure your speed is reflective of the road conditions and that you return on your low beams. Also, it is recommended that you increase your distance when following other cars on the road during the storm.
If at any time you do not feel comfortable driving in the hailstorm or if the hail increases in size, safely pull over to the side of the road. Driving during a hail storm heightens the impact of the hail that is coming down onto your vehicle. When pulling over, turn on your hazard lights to let other drivers know your intention. Driving visibility can be affected by the hailstorm so it is imperative to ensure you are completely off the road prior to coming to a complete stop. If possible, stop under an overpass or bridge to provide you some reprieve from the hail. If you cannot find cover when pulling over, ensure you face your front windshield towards the direction in which the hail is falling. Your windshield was designed to withstand impact unlike your rear windshield and passenger windows. Should you find yourself parked, it is important that you remain in your vehicle to avoid the potential for any physical harm. When waiting out the storm, make it a point to sit with your back to your windows. If you happen to have a blanket, extra layer or jacket, wrap it around your back to protect yourself should the hail end up damaging a window. Since hailstones can be large, hard and can cause personal injury, remain inside your vehicle until the hail has let-up.
Once the storm subsides and you have safely arrived at your destination, take the time to assess your vehicle and contact your Insurance Broker if necessary. If you are unsure of whether or not your vehicle sustained damage your Insurance Broker can guide you through the process of assessing same.
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