Summer may be the perfect time for setting off on a caravanning holiday, but we all know warmer weather can also bring sudden storms and heavy rains. With experts predicting a high likelihood of severe storms this season, CIL Insurance would like to remind you how to prepare for storms, hail or flooding now, and what to do if severe weather strikes while you’re on the road.
“We’d recommend checking that your insurance policy covers hail, flood and storm damage before hitting the road at any time, but particularly before a big summer trip. Large storms can cause significant damage, and it’s important to know what you’re covered for.” Micah Tuck , CIL Manager said.
Micah also advised checking the weather forecast before travelling. “If heavy storms are forecast, it might be best to either delay your trip or change your destination.”
“If you’re caught in a severe storm, the first thing we would say is to follow all advice from emergency services, such as the S.E.S, and listen to the radio or watch the news for updates.” Micah said.
“Unless instructed by emergency services, stay put, and don’t attempt to travel during a storm or flooding. Ensure you and your family's safety before that of your possessions”
If a cyclone warning is announced, you’ll need to take additional steps. Even a relatively small cyclone can destroy or heavily damage a caravan or trailer.
To help with processing any possible claims, take photographs of damages particularly if it’s something that needs to be disposed of, and keep receipts of any emergency costs like tarpaulins, minor repairs or temporary accommodation.
“When you’re able to set off again, keep in mind that weather events can cause road closures. Tune into local radio stations, as they can often provide information about any traffic-related issues.”