Hailstorms are a major nightmare for car owners, especially when they don’t have enough garage space to protect their vehicles. Hail is a chunk of ice that can range from very small (only the size of a bb bullet), while others can get as large as tennis balls. Hail is very destructive especially for vehicles caught in the storm’s path. For those who don’t always have a garage to protect your vehicle(s), there are steps you can take to help prevent hail damage. Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanic will share how you can protect your vehicles from hail damage.
Hail Storm Forecasts & Reports
First, it is important for those who don’t have a protective structure for their vehicle to monitor the weather constantly. There are a number of steps you can take but none are good if you are not properly prepared before the storm hits. Local weather stations constantly monitor the weather providing advanced weather predictions that can help save your vehicle from hundreds to thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Not only will you want to protect your vehicle during times of hailstorms, you also don’t want to be on the road if you can help it when such a storm happens. Hail not only dents the outside of the vehicle, it can also shatter the windshield and even injure the driver and passengers.
Protect Vehicle from Hail with a Carport
If the garage isn’t an option where you can park your vehicle, then you may want to consider adding a carport to your home. There are different types of carports that can help protect your vehicle. You can attach a carport to the home or get a free standing car port. A carport shade will keep your vehicle out of the hot Texas sun and offer sufficient protection from hail.
Hail Car Cover
If you don’t want to invest in a carport, you can always use an inflatable hail protection cover. There are car covers that inflate like a balloon, putting a protective barrier around your car. However, you must have plenty of time to get the cover over the vehicle, so make sure to pay attention to the daily weather. However, for those who don’t have the means to invest in an inflatable car cover, another option is to use thick blankets to pad the vehicle. Next, cover the blankets with a tarp to help keep them dry. However, even with thick blankets, the windshield can still get cracked or damaged. Use a floor mat to cover the front and rear windshield glass.
Park Underneath Trees to Prevent Hail Damage to Car
You can also park your vehicle underneath a tree. Trees with dense leaves can offer some protection from hail. However, there are some risks if there are strong winds. Tree branches can break and fall or trees can come falling down in more severe storms. As parking underneath trees will prevent or reduce hail damage, it may not be the best place if there are high winds present.
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Spring is right around the corner, which means it is hail season. You will want to take the right steps in protecting your vehicle from hail damage. If you find you need help repairing your vehicle after a hailstorm, contact Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanic today.