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December 16, 2022

The Black Ice Phenomenon

As temperatures dip down during this time of the year, it’s not unusual to have black ice on the roadways in many parts of the country, especially in the early morning. This leaves drivers in a difficult and dangerous situation, but there are steps you can take to stay safe. 
Black ice road
What is Black Ice? 

When there is moisture on the road and the temperature drops, it freezes into a transparent layer of ice on top of the asphalt. Because you can see through the ice to the pavement, the road has its normal dark appearance, resulting in the name “black ice.” While the road may look safe to drive on, this causes an especially unsafe situation. 

Tips for Driving on Black Ice 

If you suspect black ice, there are many things you can do to avoid an incident. 

  • Slow down. If you hit a patch of ice, you’ll have a better chance of regaining control of your vehicle at a slower speed.
  • Increase your distance from the car in front of you to give you more time to stop.
  • Watch the cars in front of you. If there isn’t water coming off their back tires it may mean there is some black ice. Also, if you see others sliding it can give you some advance warning.
  • Steer smoothly. Jerky movements while braking or accelerating can cause you to skid on ice.
  • Be cautious driving through shady areas or over bridges, two areas that are especially susceptible to black ice. 

Black ice can pose a scary situation, but if you are aware of the temperature, the circumstances and you stay alert, you should be able to make it to your destination without an incident. 

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