Hail falls from great heights and can reach the size of golf balls. Because of this, they can inflict serious injury if you are caught out in the open. They can also cause a car accident by breaking your windshield or by making the road slippery with ice. Hail forms when violent updrafts in the atmosphere cause water droplets to freeze and grow into ice balls. When the updraft can no longer support their weight, they fall to the ground.
Here are four driving tips to ensure your safety in hail:
- Slow down. Slow down and increase your following distance. Wet roads filled with ice pellets cause poor traction and braking. Use low beams and increase your visibility to other traffic by turning on your hazard lights.
- Find a safe place to pull over. Don’t be fooled by the small size of the hail because it can quickly grow larger. Large hailstones can break your windshield especially when driving fast because the speed of your car increases their impact speed. Park in an area clear of traffic. Because hail is common in powerful storms, avoid trees and power lines which can get blown down by the wind.
- Face your car into the wind. If no overhead protection is available such as an overpass or gas station canopy, park your car so that the hail strikes your windshield. Your windshield’s reinforcement makes it stronger than the side and rear windows of your car and is therefore less likely to break.
- Stay inside of your car. By the time they reach the ground, hailstones have enough momentum to cause serious injury. Avoid facing any windows by lying face down. Cover your head with a blanket or coat to prevent injury from flying glass should the hail shatter a window.
If in spite of your safe driving efforts, another motorist injured you in an accident, seek legal advice from an experienced Colorado Springs accident attorney. For a free, no obligation consultation, contact us at Heuser & Heuser, LLP today.