Know What to Do If You Encounter Black Ice This Winter


We all have places to be and can’t avoid driving in the winter as much as we’d like to. One of the biggest wintertime travel threats is black ice. This thin, transparent layer of ice often takes the appearance of whatever lies beneath it, earning it the name of “black ice” as it appears black from the pavement underneath. In order to drive safely this winter, Carman New Castle Lincoln is offering tips and reminders on when to be on the lookout for black ice and what to do if you find your vehicle driving over it.


Black ice is likely to occur a few different ways. If the air temperature is warm enough for rain, but the ground temperature is still below freezing, then black ice is formed on contact, creating dangerous driving conditions. Black ice also forms overnight between sunset and sunrise as the temperature dips when the sun goes down allowing any liquid or puddles on the road to ice over. Black ice is also likely to hang around on roadways that don’t receive a lot of sunlight, whether its due to heavy tree coverage or cloudy weather. It’s important to keep in mind these conditions that black ice forms in, so you can drive with caution throughout the winter months where it may exist.


If you find yourself driving over a patch of black ice, it’s important to remain calm. Panicking and overreacting is only likely to lead to an accident. While your car is on the black ice, keep your foot off the break. If your back-end begins to fishtail, turn your steering wheel in the direction that your rear end has turned. Trying to fight your vehicle and turning the steering wheel the other way may cause you to spin out. Once your car is off of the black ice and you regained control of the vehicle, you may accelerate your car.


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