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Driving on Black Ice

December 19, 2014

Dangerous Black IceThere’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.

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.

Here are a few driving tips if you suspect black ice on the roadways:

  • Drive slowly
  • Maintain a safe following distance
  • Look ahead for potential warning signs

If you encounter ice:

  • Don’t slam on your brakes
  • Take your foot off of the gas pedal
  • Don’t swerve or try to over-correct your car

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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