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Driving on Black Ice

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Updated May 29, 2019 |

There’s no denying it: Winter is here. Your daily commute is going to become more difficult and lengthy. It’s time to properly prepare for winter driving.

Battling snow and ice on the roadways can be tricky and dangerous. While snow is easy to spot on the roadways and sidewalks, black ice is extremely dangerous because of its near transparent appearance. Black ice forms with very few air bubbles, causing it to be visually transparent and often mistaken for wet pavement.

When to Look for Black Ice

Black ice is more problematic in the mornings and at night when temperatures drop. Trouble spots to be mindful of include bridges and shaded areas of the roadway.

How to Avoid Black Ice

If you suspect black ice on the roadways, be sure to drive slowly, maintain a safe following distance behind other vehicles, and look ahead for potential warning signs.

What to Do If You Encounter Black Ice

If you encounter black ice, don’t slam on your brakes, swerve, or try to over-correct your car. Instead, take your foot off the gas pedal and allow your vehicle to move past the ice.

Black ice is often patchy, so follow these tips and hopefully your tires will soon find traction.

Wilson Kehoe Winingham brings you this information with best regards for you and your family’s safety.

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