Hail Storm

Helpful information for fleet drivers during hailstorms – Tech Tip Tuesday

There are some measures that drivers can take, though, to protect themselves and their vehicle during hailstorms.
Here are some safety tips, provided by Union Mutual of Vermont and Progressive Insurance, you can pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

When hail is larger than three-quarters of an inch in diameter, drivers are advised to:

Stop driving. If you can see a safe place to drive to, such as inside a garage or under a service station awning, do so as soon as you can. Make sure you pull completely off the highway, but avoid ditches due to possible high-rising water.
Keep your vehicle angled so the hail hits the front of the vehicle. Windshields are reinforced to withstand forward driving and pelting objects. Side windows and back glass are not, so they’re much more susceptible to breakage.
Stay away from vehicle windows. Cover yourself with a blanket or coat, if possible, because there may be debris. In particular, protect your eyes. See if you can get onto the floor face-down, or lay down on the seat with your back to the windows.
Don’t leave the vehicle until the hailing stops. Your car will furnish reasonable protection.

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By |July 21st, 2015|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Helpful information for fleet drivers during hailstorms – Tech Tip Tuesday

Dealing with Hail Storms – Tech Tips Tuesdays

 

Dealing with Hail Storms
It’s fairly common for fleet drivers to underestimate the damage that a severe hail storm can cause, particularly those drivers who have lived primarily in regions known for mild weather. But a hail storm is capable of causing major personal injuries and costly vehicle damage in a matter of minutes.

Here are some safety tips, primarily from Progressive Insurance, which you can pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder:

Always check the weather forecast before proceeding with road trip plans. If a hail storm is forecast, park your vehicle in a garage or under a covered structure to protect against damage.
Stay inside once the hail storm begins. Falling hail can easily cause injury.
If you unexpectedly drive into a hail storm, look for a covered structure where you can safely park. If no covered structure is available, park in the safest possible place to prevent hail from breaking the windows. Keep in mind that driving compounds hail’s impact with your vehicle. Stopping under an overpass is one option. Don’t forget to pull out of traffic lanes and onto a shoulder. Avoid ditches because of possible high-rising water.
Keep your vehicle angled so any falling hail hits the front, rather than the back or sides, of the vehicle. Windshields are reinforced to withstand forward driving and pelting objects. Side windows and back glass are not, so they’re more prone to breakage.
Lie down, if possible, and keep your back to the windows. If you have a blanket, cover yourself to prevent possible debris from hitting you.

By |November 11th, 2014|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Dealing with Hail Storms – Tech Tips Tuesdays