‘Is hail dangerous to drive in?’ is perhaps best answered by first of all taking a look at what it is and what it can do.
Is hail dangerous? The basics
Hail consists of rainwater that has been supercooled and frozen into pellets or balls of ice high up in the atmosphere. Falling at high speeds, these balls or pellets can range from the size of a small pea to large, irregularly shaped balls.
The largest hail stone found in the USA measured eight inches in diameter and weighed in at almost two pounds.
Is hail dangerous? What it can do
Hail has the capacity to completely flatten crops in its path. During hail storms, visibility can be significantly reduced and roads can quickly become covered in deep layers, even drifts of hail.
Depending on the size of hail stones, they can also damage properties, injure people caught outdoors and severely damage, even smash the windows of vehicles.
The answer to the question ‘Is hail dangerous to drive in?’ is therefore a resounding, ‘Yes, it is indeed’.
Is hail dangerous? Preventing injuries
If the storm is severe and hail stones are comparatively large, it is recommended to prevent personal injuries by:
- Staying inside your vehicle
- Stopping and pulling over, preferably under an overpass, bridge or other sheltered location; always remember to pull out of the driving lane and onto a hard shoulder
- If no shelter is available, angling the car so it faces the hail head on, as windscreens are reinforced and should withstand forward driving, pelting objects better than side or rear windows
- Avoiding ditches, due to the possibility of high-rising water
It may also be helpful to lie down in the car and, if possible, cover yourself with a coat or blanket to prevent injuries by broken glass or other debris blown into your vehicle.
The sad truth
Unfortunately, some drivers fail to see or choose to ignore the potential dangers of hail storms. Driving too fast for the conditions, these drivers are often responsible for causing accidents on the road. Resulting driver or passenger injuries can be severe.
Accident Advice Helpline
If another driver caused a motoring accident during a hail storm, you could qualify for passenger or driver injury compensation. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile now, for more information on making a car accident claim.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice