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Posted on 2014-02-20
The hailstorms we’ve experienced over the past two years have made it clear that Mother Nature truly is a force to be reckoned with. As hail season is fast approaching, here are some handy tips to ensure your safety during the rainy season.
Don’t get caught by bad weather
Listen to weather reports and try to avoid travelling during times that are predicted to be bad weather conditions. Hail can sometimes only be predicted 30 minutes before it hits, so be sure to listen out for storm warnings.
Don’t drive through water
Cars are swept away in as little as 30cm of moving water. Not to mention the irreparable damage your car can obtain if it stalls in water and you try to restart it.
Keep away from windows
We don’t need to tell you how easily windows can break. Keep a safe distance from windows, in case they do break you’re protected from shattering glass and can avoid the likelihood of an injury.
Pull over next to the side of the road in the emergency lane. Look for garages, covered parking lots or any covered area and wait the storm out. Avoid parking under trees as branches can break off and damage your car.
Keep a blanket in your car
When you’ve pulled off next to the road, park the car at an angle so the windscreen is more exposed than the other windows. Windscreens are the only windows that are reinforced to withstand pelting objects. Protect yourself from the shattering glass by turning your back on the window and covering yourself with a blanket.
If you’ve pulled over to the side of the road, make sure your hazards are on. While driving during a storm, it’s imperative that you turn your headlights or fog lights on – this will not only make it easier to see where you’re going but it will also make it easier for others to see you.
Allow extra distance for braking
Roads are very slippery when wet, which makes it a lot easier to lose control of your car. Allow yourself more time to brake by extending the following distance between you and the car in front of you and driving slower. You will decrease the risk of locking your wheels when braking and losing control of your car.
Do I have to submit my claim immediately?
No, you don’t have to call us immediately. We have extended our business hours in order to accommodate all the incoming calls.
When will my vehicle be booked in to be repaired?
A date for your vehicle to be repaired will be discussed and agreed to with you on the day of the pre-assessment.
Why do I need to take my vehicle to be pre-assessed?
We pre-assess a vehicle so that we are able to determine the severity of the damages sustained. We would be able to decide on the most efficient, effective and time-saving repair process, once we know the extent of the damages.
What to do if you’re unable to avoid a hailstorm and need to claim:
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You can call us on 0861 600 120 and one of our friendly consultants will assist you.