Hail can cause thousands of dollars in car damages after a single storm. The most vulnerable parts of a car are the hood, roof, trunk lid, and any glass, including windows, windshield, sunroof, and side mirrors. In order to protect your car from hail, you need to be proactive. Here are 5 recommendations to protect your car from a hail storm:

Stay up to date with your local weather

One of the best ways to ensure you don’t get caught in a hail storm unprepared, is to check the weather for severe storms in your area. Being prepared can save you money and time that would otherwise be spent on repairing damages.

Park under a covered structure

The easiest way to avoid hail damages is to preemptively park your car in your garage or covered driveway. If you don’t have a garage at your house, drive to your nearest covered public parking before the storm. We recommend a shopping center or mall parking garages.

Temporary shelter

If you’re caught in a hail storm while driving and don’t have time to get to a public parking garage, look for an overpass or a gas station canopy instead. This will not only protect your vehicle from damages, but it will also keep you safe as driving through a storm can be very dangerous.

Use blankets or a hail car cover

If you don’t have a shelter option and you know a storm is coming, put something over the top of your car. The best option here is to use a car cover as they are designed specifically to protect your car. If you don’t have a car cover, use blankets. Just make sure to duct tape them down as winds can pick up quickly and might blow them away. Do this before the hail storm begins to keep yourself protected as well as make sure the vehicle is securely covered.

Get comprehensive and rental coverage

Comprehensive coverage helps pay for damage caused by things like weather or fire. In most cases, comprehensive coverage will cover hail damage, too. Rental coverage helps you pay for a rental car if your car is being fixed or replaced. Both of these coverages could be very helpful if you live in a location where it typically hails.

Sometimes, you don’t have time to take these precautions and you find yourself with massive hail damages. We know that processing hail claims is typically a long and frustrating process, but with Hailios, processing fast and accurate hail claims has never been easier.

Our Eyewitness technology knows exactly what’s hitting the ground, as well as the kinetic energy and diameter of each piece of hail, so there’s no confusion.

Let us take care of all your storm-watching worries. Learn more about Hailios’ Eyewitness technology here!