Hail can dimple the body of a car, and crack or break the windshield or windows.
What size hail will break a car window?
Hail Size Chart
|INTENSITY||GENERAL DAMAGE DESCRIPTION||RANGE|
|H-4||Breaks windows, cracks window screens, scrapes off paint, kills chickens and small birds.||0.6”-2.4”|
|H-5||Breaks some roof tiles and slates, dents cars, strips bark off trees, cuts branches from trees, kills small animals.||0.8”-3.0”|
Is it better to drive through hail or stop?
Stop your car in a safe place as soon as possible. If hail hits the car while you’re driving, it will cause much more damage than if it were to collide with a stationary vehicle. In addition, hailstorms limit visibility and result in slippery roads.
Can 1 inch hail damage a car?
One inch is the average size of hail necessary to do damage to your vehicle and anything larger than that absolutely will do damage to your vehicle.
How do you protect your car from hail if you don’t have a garage?
If you don’t have any blankets, one simple and cheap option is any common cardboard boxes you have. Flatten them, either double-folded or single to cover more area, and use heavy items to hold the cardboard slats down. While wetness will be a concern, the thick boxes will hold moisture and likely remain intact.
How do I know if my car insurance covers hail damage?
Auto insurance will generally cover hail damage if you have comprehensive coverage as part of your policy. Comprehensive coverage is what covers you when your vehicle is damaged from something other than a collision, such as a fallen tree or hail. It’s also what covers you if someone steals your vehicle.
What to do if it starts hailing?
As soon as it starts to hail, stop your car immediately. Be safe though and turn on your flashers and low beam lights so other drivers can see you. Try to get under an overpass or another kind of shelter like a gas station awning if possible. Stay there until it blows over.