Beware of hailstones destructive power
In the Spring, Colorado was faced with some severe weather conditions, which included heavy hailstorms. Even though this is no surprise for Colorado citizens, it seems that we keep underestimating the dangers and damages that a single hailstone can produce.
Colorado is located in Hail Alley and sets second in the highest number of hail claims in the US, costing billions of dollars yearly. Nonetheless, people tend to forget to prepare for these conditions resulting in expensive damages to their vehicles and homes.
Underestimating hail damages
When the freezing air from the high plains, like the Rocky Mountains, is closer to the warmer grounds, the conditions are perfect for hail to form. It is usually pea-sized to marble-sized, but with severe conditions like thunderstorms, bigger and damaging hail can be produced. Anything larger than a quarter in size can be considered as damaging hail. According to the National Severe Storm Laboratory (NSSL), the largest hailstone was recovered in June 2010, with a diameter of 8 inches and a circumference of 18.62 inches. It weighed 1 lb 15 oz.
Normal size hailstones can easily pound deep dents in roofs and hoods. Golf ball-size hail can smash windshields and windows, and can bend and wreck steel. The average falling speed of a 2-inch hailstone is about 60 mph. A human being can suffer severe injuries from bruises to broken bones if struck by a 2-inch hailstone. At a diameter of 3 inches, hail is typically the size of a teacup and can fall at speeds up to 80 mph.
Therefore, it is vital to constantly check the forecast and be prepared before the storm hits. Park your car inside your garage or the safest place you can find and wait until the storm is over.
Car hailstorm recovering
Once everything returns to calm, check your car for damages. Don’t underestimate anything. Even the smallest dent can be hiding severe damages below it, leading to bigger and more expensive issues. Mark all the dent and scratches found and take pictures for your records in case you plan to place an insurance claim.
If you notice any signs of damage, cracks or windshield chips on your car, don’t hesitate. Avoid putting any pressure on it and try to keep it away from extreme temperatures. Chips can become cracks in extreme cold or hot weather.
Write down the list of damages found on your car and contact a professional PDR specialist. PDR is the most effective, reliable, and fastest technique to get rid of annoying dents and scratches. Its great and affordable results make PDR, insurance companies preferred dent removal procedure. Contact Auto Rehab today and find out everything you need to know about PDR and hailstorm protection.