When Severe Weather Hits When You’re on the Road

ThinkstockPhotos-468422367Perhaps the scariest thing that could happen to a driver on the road is encountering severe weather that they’re unprepared for. Whether it’s a flood, hailstorm, or earthquake, it is vital to be knowledgeable about how to handle you and your vehicle so you can remain as safe as possible. By learning and memorizing our guidelines on what to do in each scenario, you will improve upon your safety and lower the risk on damage to your vehicle.

Floods
If you are in extremely heavy rains that you sense will turn into a flood, get to higher ground immediately by any pathway possible. Do not try to drive through floods to get to where you’re going, always choose the safe route and wait it out on high land where the flood won’t reach your vehicle. If your car does happen to get stuck in a flooded area, exit your car via doors or windows and find higher ground. Be cautious when doing so, because there may be strong currents and debris. Once you get back to your car, do not attempt to start it. This could cause extreme harm to your engine and will cost a lot to repair. Call your insurance company and dry out your car by opening all doors and windows and utilizing towels. Check all fluid levels, tires, and electrical systems as well.

Hailstorm
Hail is not something you want to mess with, so if it starts to hail and you’re in your car, stay inside! Don’t risk a personal injury by getting out. If you’re stopped in an area where hail is directly hitting your vehicle, cover your eyes and lay face down if possible, to avoid debris or glass harming you. To avoid damage to your vehicle, get to a parking spot that is protected from the outside, like in a parking deck or under a gas station canopy. Once the hail has subsided, call your insurance company to report your claim if the damage is noticeable. Get the vehicle inspected and have it repaired to your satisfaction.

Earthquakes
If an earthquake hits as you’re driving on a road, slow down immediately. Pull over to a clear area away from traffic and stay in your vehicle with your seatbelt on until the shaking has stopped. Leaving your vehicle, again, may result in personal injury. Turn on your car radio and listen for emergency weather alerts and instructions. Once the shaking is over, check your vehicle for any damage that may have occurred. On the way back to your destination, avoid large bridges or ramps that may have been damaged by the earthquake.

Always be hyper vigilant about weather in your area by tuning into the news station on your radio. Emergency broadcasts will alert you of any severe weather that may be in the forecast so you can prepare ahead. Keep in mind these safety tips for when you experience bad weather and it may save you from high repair bills. For even more coverage, get an extended warranty with Warranty Direct. We provide comprehensive coverage for your vehicle in any situation it may encounter. Get a free quote today and don’t wait any longer to get the peace of mind you deserve!

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