How to protect your car during a hail storm if you don't have a garage

Makeshift solutions could save you money

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonians can get understandably nervous about hail in the forecast. Three devastating hailstorms in Spring of 2016 caused more than $2 billion in losses. That's the most in U.S. history, according to the Insurance Council of Texas.

Remember these images from a Northeast side neighborhood?

Check out the hail damage in this Northeast side neighborhood (near FM 78 & Walzem). It was one of the areas that was hit hard during Tuesday night's storms.

Posted by KSAT 12 & on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sites like this were all too familiar. Even one of our KSAT photographers had his home windows shattered due to hail.

Another unreal image of Tuesday's storms. Video of hail shattering the dining room windows of KSAT photographer, Azian.

Posted by KSAT 12 & on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

So with hail a possibility overnight, many may be wondering how they can protect their vehicles from the dents and broken windows.

If you’re driving and it starts hailing, the obvious thing is to find some cover. You could pull under an overpass or find a parking garage or covered pavilion nearby.

If you’re home and you don’t have the luxury of being able to park in a garage, there are still a few things you could to that may help.

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The first solution may be inside your linen closet. Find the thickest towels and blankets you can find.

They may provide enough cushion to prevent some of the dings and scratches on the body of your car.  

But it’s probably best to put them over your windshield. Your car will be still be drive-able with some dents in the hood, but it won’t if your windshield is shattered.

Tips to protect your car during hail

We have some tips for sparing your car from hail damage if you don't have a garage. Here are some of the solutions we've come up with -->​ And if you have other solutions, be sure to leave them in the comments.

Posted by KSAT 12 & on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Strong winds could be associated with severe weather so duct tape blankets at the bottom of the vehicle.

The tape will leave a sticky residue, but most likely will not damage your vehicle.  

If you don’t have any blankets to spare, you could use your floor mats. Put the rubber side down so they’ll stay put a little better on your windshield. They’ll cushion the blow and possibly spare you from a shattered windshield.

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And finally, if you find yourself worried about the threat of hail damage to your vehicle often, you could invest in a protective covering.

They’re sold online at places like or you can find them on Amazon ranging in price from around $50 to nearly $500.  

Also remember to sign up for severe weather alerts to keep you updated throughout severe weather. 

KSAT offers weather alerts through the news and weather apps. 

Download the KSAT Weather app for iPhone and Android.

The National Weather Service also sends out constant alerts during severe weather.

Above all, make sure to seek shelter for you and your family first and not put yourself at risk during a hail storm.

Hail damage is usually covered in an auto insurance policy and it’s not worth putting your life at risk to protect a vehicle during a hail storm.

About the Authors:

Julie Moreno has worked in local television news for more than 25 years. She came to KSAT as a news producer in 2000. After producing thousands of newscasts, she transitioned to the digital team in 2015. She writes on a wide variety of topics from breaking news to trending stories and manages KSAT’s daily digital content strategy.

RJ Marquez is co-host of KSAT News Now and reports for Good Morning San Antonio. He's been at KSAT since 2010 and covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms, including his Spurs newsletter. RJ has reported stories for KSAT Explains.