How to Drive on Black Ice

How to Drive on Black Ice

Winter driving isn’t only about dealing with snow and rain; ice on the road is a real threat. Black ice, in particular, is dangerous because it’s invisible (the term “black ice” is somewhat of a misnomer, as the ice is transparent). However, you can protect yourself by understanding and knowing how to deal with this winter issue.

1. Slow down: Black ice can cause your vehicle to lose traction and control. Therefore, you should reduce your speed and drive very slowly on black ice roads.

2. Maintain a steady speed: Avoid sudden acceleration, braking, or turning. Keep a steady speed and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.

3. Use gentle maneuvers: Use gentle steering, braking, and acceleration to avoid sudden movement of the vehicle.

4. Use winter tires: Winter tires offer better traction on icy roads than regular tires. If you live in an area with frequent black ice, it is best to invest in winter tires to ensure safety.

5. Avoid distractions: Avoid any form of distraction while driving on black ice roads. Focus solely on the road and have full concentration while driving.

6. Increase following distance: Increase your following distance to allow room for sudden stops or turns while driving on black ice roads.

7. Never slam on the brakes: If you feel like you’re losing control of your vehicle on black ice, don’t slam on the brakes. Instead, take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction you want to go.

8. Stay alert: Always stay alert and aware of the road conditions. Black ice can quickly form on roads and bridges, especially in shady areas, so be cautious and anticipate it.

Remember Black Ice forms when the temperature hovers around 32 degrees Fahrenheit and we get rain, freezing rain, or sleet. 

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