How to Protect Your Car From Storm Damage
Storms can wreak havoc on your vehicle, causing anything from minor scratches to significant windshield damage. Whether it’s a heavy downpour, hailstorm, or strong winds, taking proactive measures can protect your car from potential harm.
Storms can be unpredictable, and their wrath often leaves a trail of damage behind, with cars being particularly vulnerable. Your car's windshield is one of the most susceptible parts during a storm, facing risks of cracks, chips, and even complete shattering.
Following these precautions and proactive steps will help reduce the risk of storm damage to your vehicle.
Invest in a Car Cover
If you don’t have a garage or carport, a durable car cover acts as a shield against various elements, including rain, hail, and debris. Opt for one specifically designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, ensuring it fits your car properly. For areas prone to hail, consider a hail protector as it’s designed specifically to protect your car against hail damage. These covers or inflatable shields act as a cushion between your car’s surface and hailstones, significantly reducing impact.
Trim Surrounding Trees and Overhanging Branches
Keeping trees trimmed around your home is not just beneficial all year round, but especially during storms when there is an increased risk of limbs breaking. Overhanging branches, even small, pose a serious threat and can cause substantial damage to vehicles around them. Regularly trim trees where you park to minimize the risk of branches falling and damaging your vehicle during high winds and keep an eye on loose branches throughout the year to make sure they are promptly removed.
Whenever possible, avoid parking near areas prone to flooding, such as low-lying areas or spots near rivers. If there is a potential storm heading your way and you are out, be observant of the trees where you park your vehicle. If you can, consider a public parking garage.
Routine maintenance is vital to ensure all your systems are functioning properly and can provide insurance with the necessary information if your vehicle sustains damage during a storm. Regularly check the condition of your windshield wipers, ensure tires have proper tread depth, and brake lights and turn signals are working—if you’re caught on the road when a storm arrives, you’ll want clear visibility.
Secure Loose Items
If you’re informed about potential inclement weather before it arrives, use the time to take precautionary action. Remove any objects from around your property indoors if they are at risk of becoming projectiles in strong windows that way nearby vehicles are safe from the possible damage.
Act Promptly After a Storm
After a storm, you want to be aware of any hazards. Once you can inspect your car for any damage and take photos you can promptly contact your insurance company to file a claim. Check for minor damage like dents and scratches as well as more obvious damage, like broken windows. To prevent further interior damage, cover broken windows with plastic until they can be replaced.
Reliable Windshield Installation
Protecting your car from storm damage, particularly the windshield, requires a proactive approach and a combination of preventive measures. By being mindful of parking locations, investing in protective films or covers, maintaining your windshield, staying updated on weather forecasts, and ensuring adequate insurance coverage, you can significantly reduce the risks associated with storm damage.
For damaged auto glass, contact us for a free quote at 804-320-7172 or contact us online. We have served the Richmond, VA area for decades and are here to take care of all your auto glass needs on time so you can get back on the road. We provide a convenient mobile glass repair or replacement service so you can avoid any disruptions to your busy schedule.