WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., March 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The start of spring means it's the beginning of tornado season, which often produces sudden and severe hail storms that drivers may find themselves trying to navigate through, according to the Farmers Insurance® Seasonal Smarts Digest.
Farmers data between 2013 and 2015 shows that more than half (58 percent) of all hail related auto claims occur between March and May, with May itself historically producing more than one-quarter (29 percent) of an entire year's claims. During the springtime months Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Montana all see hail account for approximately three-quarters of claims in each state, while hail accounts for more than half of the claims in Texas during the spring.
"Despite the moderating temperatures of spring, drivers cannot let their guard down as this season typically brings a collection of weather-related hazards that motorists must be prepared to face," said Paul Quinn, head of claims customer experience at Farmers Insurance. "Hail, which is frequently sparked by or precedes tornadoes, can be as large as softballs and can cause critical damage to vehicles, windows and sometimes injure occupants. Add to that the threat of rising water and flooded road conditions from spring storms, as well as potholes that occur on roads due to winter water seepage, and spring driving can become downright difficult."
Hail storms can be serious for drivers as they produce layered ice balls formed when water droplets are carried upward into very cold layers of the atmosphere. Once hail stones become too heavy to remain aloft, they rain down and can wreak havoc for drivers.
Drivers should be prepared to encounter hail storms while on the road by heeding the following tips, Quinn said:
Spring Ahead Tips for Driving
Although severe weather storms can spring up out of nowhere with little or no warning, there are steps drivers can take now to prepare for the unexpected when driving this spring, said Quinn:
"Having to think ahead and properly prepare for the chance of an unexpected but quick-moving spring storm occurring while you are driving may not be at the top of your to-do list," Quinn said. "But devising a plan now, and knowing what to do and, equally as important, what not to do if you encounter a hail storm, tornado or flood waters while behind the wheel can keep you and your passengers safe as you travel this spring."
The complete Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest, detailing spring's common and uncommon hazards as well as safety and preparedness tips to help keep drivers and their cars safe, can be found online at http://www.farmers.com/news/seasonal-smarts.
About the Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest
The Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest is released four times per year to provide drivers and homeowners with knowledgeable, straightforward and proactive tips to help mitigate potentially dangerous and costly insurance losses. The digest examines a three-year window (2013 to 2015) of Farmers Insurance's historical claims database to identify seasonal perils and the states where they most commonly occur.
About Farmers Insurance
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