Hailstorm Driving: Tips for Safety
Hail Facts and Figures
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), hailstorms occur around 6,000 times and cause billions of dollars of property damage every year. Although fatalities are rare, these ice storms do cause injuries and accidents. The best way to avoid being a statistic is to follow these tips.
#1 Don’t Drive!
This may sound crazy, but the best way to learn ‘how to drive in hail’ is to learn to pull over safely. On average, hailstorms last only 5 to 10 minutes. The icy stones that fall to the ground actually form inside thunderstorms and are described by weather experts as ‘bingo balls’. These balls bounce around inside the cloud until they are heavy enough to fall to the ground.
Most pieces of hail are small, and although the sound of them hitting your vehicle will be scary, they won’t do much damage. They will block your vision though, which can lead to an accident. At the first sign of hail, pull over to a safe place. If the hail is large (over 1 inch in diameter), duck down and cover your head. This will help protect you from breaking glass.
#4 Protect Yourself and Passengers
We mentioned earlier that hailstorms only last a matter of minutes. Once you have pulled over, turn on your headlights and flashers. This will alert other drivers who are trying to figure out how to drive in hail safely as well. Then, try to find a way to cover your face and the faces of your passengers. If nothing else, recline your seats away from the windows or have the children sit on the floorboard with faces covered.
#5 Watch for Road Deterioration
Once the storm is over, it is easy to assume that we are out of the danger zone. However, one key for learning how to drive in hail is knowing what to do when a storm is over. The roads after a hailstorm are very different than they were before. They are often slippery and damaged.
As you drive, be cautious. Your tire grip will be reduced, so you’ll need to break much sooner than you would on a typical driving day. Watch for potholes and patches of ice. If you do hit a slippery spot, don’t throw on your brake! Steer carefully so you can avoid a collision.
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