Severe Thunderstorm & Hail Season Preparation
For the residents of Tornado Alley, this is always a subject worth revisiting.
When exactly is “hail season”?
Historically, the largest number of severe hail storms occur in May and June (approx 2500 storms), and July (approx 750 storms). Texas and Denver had the largest number of severe hail events in 2013, followed by Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
How can I prepare for hail season?
Paying attention to the weather and recognizing “hail tells” are your best bet. If you are in Tornado Alley, it is always safe to assume that with a severe thunderstorm, there is always a chance for hail. Make sure you have a covered area to take your vehicle just in case of the chance of hail. A garage, parking garage, carport, bridge, or a friends garage are all great places to park during a hail storm. If you are in a situation where you don’t have time to get your car to shelter and do not have access to a garage, a heavy blanket (like a comforter) will help minimize the impact. If you are in an area that is hit by hail storms often, you might want to invest in a hail blanket or hail protector.
What to do if caught in a hail storm while on the highway.
This is possibly the worst case scenario as your PERSONAL SAFETY is your greatest concern. If a thunderstorm is so severe that it decides to spit hail, driving visibility is probably greatly diminished and EVERYONE on the highway is scrambling to either get to the side of the road safety, or make it to an overpass. Both of these situations can be extremely dangerous. IntelliDent suggests you pull over as quickly as you can and get as far off the road as possible. This is important because everyone else on the road is having as much difficulty as you! Unless an overpass is within a reasonable distance and you can actually see it ahead, don’t risk trying to drive just a little bit further in order to locate one. Thunderstorms that are severe enough to cause auto hail damage can also be the precursor to a tornado. In that case, the ditch is the safest place to be.
I have auto hail damage, what are my options?
For auto hail damage repair, Paintless Dent Repair is always your best option. Why? Hail damage is an act of nature and most insurance policies with full coverage will take care of the damages. Insurance companies prefer Paintless Dent Repair for auto hail damage repair because it doesn’t require any drilling, fillers or repainting of the vehicle. This is beneficial to car owners for many reasons, the main reasons being that 1) PDR is less expensive 2) PDR maintains the integrity of your automobiles original factory paint warranty.