Driving On Black Ice – Important Tips!

December 9th, 2010 by

With this major deep freeze winter that has hit, I wanted to touch base on how to drive on black ice. Black ice is regular ice, but since it’s clear it lets the black asphalt show through. This is where it gets its name.  Black ice usually forms after a light rain or because of melting and refreezing snow, but if there is a sign of ‘regular’ ice then black ice is sure to be near.  Since black ice is clear, it is almost impossible to avoid so pay attention to the drivers in front of you.  They may be able to give you signs of trouble ahead.

I hope you don’t find yourself in a slippery situation, but if so follow these tips below:

  1. As soon as your car begins to slide on black ice, take your foot off the gas pedal. In fact, the last thing you want to do is give your car more gas. It is very important to slow down when you are driving on black ice or in any other winter road conditions.
  2. Don’t slam the brakes. While it may be a natural instinct to slam on your brakes, this will only cause your car to lose control and slide even more. Tap the brake pedal lightly instead of pushing down hard on it.
  3. Look for trouble spots ahead. If you have an idea that there may be black ice ahead (if you see cars ahead of you sliding, for example), downshift to a lower gear before you come onto the black ice. The lower gear will force you to drive more slowly and it will give you better control of your car.
  4. If your car does begin to skid on the ice, turn the wheel in the direction of the skid. This should help to steer your car back on the right track.  [Source: How to do Things]

Just because you may drive a SUV or truck doesn’t mean you won’t feel the effects of black ice; you will. So take it slow out there and drive safe!

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