Keep Your Cool and Know how to Spot Black Ice


Wintertime driving leads to trekking through snow, sleet, and black ice. While we’re aware of the snow falling around us and know to actively slow down and leave space in front of us, driving with black ice on the road can be even more dangerous. Black ice patches can remain on the road even if it’s not precipitating out and hasn’t for a few days. Drivers may not drive at the same slow speeds they do during snowfall, and the thin, transparent layer of ice coating the surface can be hard to spot. This creates a dangerous scenario of someone speeding along and sliding on ice. Make sure you’re prepared this winter and know when and where to expect black ice and how to appropriately react, if your vehicle loses control over it.


Black ice can form on contact when freezing rain occurs as a result of the air temperature lingering above freezing temperature and the ground temperature remaining below freezing. Black ice also forms after warming temperatures and sunlight melt snow and ice during the day, but the temperature drops below freezing again at night. Bridges and overpasses are likely to freeze before the ground, causing ice patches to form there first, due to cold air flowing under and above the surface. If your commute involves roadways that have a lot of thick tree coverage, black ice is likely to linger there as well due to the sunlight’s inability to warm the road surface.


It’s important to drive slowly on surfaces prone to ice and to actively look for spots that appear glossy compared to the rest of the road. If you find yourself sliding on black ice, it’s important to remain calm and keep your foot off of the brake and accelerator. If your vehicle’s rear-end swings out, slowly turn your steering wheel in that direction. It’s important not to oversteer or steer against the direction your rear-end swung out or you will likely spinout. Once your vehicle has completely passed over the ice patch and you have regained control, you may slowly press on the accelerator to regain speed.

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