30th June 2021
Sign up for weather alerts
The best way to avoid getting caught out is to stay updated on changing conditions. Checking the weather the day before is one thing, as we all know how quickly conditions can change. Instead, enable real-time weather alerts on your phone. For example, you can sign up to receive alerts from apps like the Bureau of Meteorology or AccuWeather for up-to-date storm info in your local area.
Avoid driving in heavy downpours or hail
If you can avoid it, it's best not to drive in severe rain and hail. But if you do get caught in the middle of a downpour or a hailstorm, don't panic. There are a few things you can do to protect your car from hail damage. Try to find somewhere sheltered to pull over and park. Look for covered carparks, service stations, or other well-built undercover areas.
Don't drive through flooded roads
Even if it doesn't look too deep at first glance, don't attempt to drive through a flooded road. Water levels can be much higher than they initially appear, and even shallow waters can carry your vehicle away. If you can, avoid driving in these conditions altogether. If you're expecting flooding, park your car in an elevated area or on higher ground, away from bodies of water.
Know what you're covered for
Not all types of car insurance will cover you for damage from natural weather events like hail, storms, and flooding. It's worth checking whether you'll be covered if your car does get damaged under these circumstances. But don't wait until a storm is rolling in – get insured ahead of time so you can have one less thing to worry about.
Bingle's Comprehensive Car Insurance provides cover for hail and storm damage, so you can feel confident no matter the weather.