Oh, Hail No: How to Handle a Hailstorm

hailIt’s spring in Texas, which means people are planning road trips, planting new gardens, enjoying the sunshine—and watching out for sudden storms. Everyone knows that storms in Texas can become violent, spawning tornadoes, flash floods, and hail, but do you know how to handle a hailstorm?

In an ideal world, you will never have to drive through a hailstorm. Hail falls extremely fast and can range in size from tiny little pebbles to tennis ball-sized, although most hail measures less than two inches. Still, falling from the sky gives hailstones the velocity to cause serious damage to cars.

  • If you get caught in a hailstorm, try to pull over to the side of the road. Whatever you do, stay inside your car. If hail can cause damage to a car, think about what it can do to you! And while hail damage can be costly, medical bills can be equally so, so be smart about what you do.
  • If you know a hailstorm is coming, cover your car the best you can if you can’t find shelter. Covering as much of your car as you can will help reduce the chances of dents and cracked glass. If you have nothing to cover your car, you can try using your floor mats. Something is better than nothing.
  • For people who work at a tall office building, parking on the proper side of the building may also reduce the chance of your car getting directly struck. Figure out which direction the storm is coming in and park your car in the opposite side of the building. There is some chance that the building may deflect some of the hailstones.
  • If you have to drive through a hailstorm, drive slowly and use low beams and emergency lights. Be careful for accidents and downed electrical wires. Do not park in ditches as usually hailstorms are accompanied by lots of rain, which can turn ditches into potential flood areas.

Hailstorms are scary, but even more so if you have to drive through one. Finding an awning or overhang can make all the difference. Be safe, plan ahead, and stay off the road if possible.

Our Picks for Top 5 Apps for Car Lovers

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Want to track your vehicle’s performance? Keep track of fuel economy? Stay in touch with news coming out of the auto industry? Well, there’s an app for that! When it comes to cars, there are no shortage of apps available. With a little research, we’ve compiled the Top 5 Apps for Car Lovers.

And the apps are…(In no particular order)

The AccuFuel™ Efficiency Tracker allows you to see instantly how your driving habits affect your vehicle’s fuel economy.
Log your mileage each time you fill up, and track your fuel economy between trips to the pump. Multiple vehicles? No problem! Keep track of the fuel efficiency of all of your vehicles with AccuFuel.

Available in the App Store

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Safe Driving Tips for Bad Weather in Texas

safe driving tips for bad weather
Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow on Groundhog Day this year, which means we’re due for an early spring. With the warm temperatures we’ve already been experiencing, we’ll no doubt begin to see spring storms soon. Bad weather, including rain, fog and high winds makes driving hazardous — even for experienced drivers.

It’s never a bad idea to study up on safe driving tips, and teach safe driving tips to any teenage drivers in your home. Here are some safe driving tips for bad weather.
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