Driving in snow and ice is tricky enough, but winter’s elusive black ice can be even more of a challenge to maneuver. We want to make sure you stay as safe as possible this winter, so the team here at Steve Landers Collision & Glass came up with a few tips to help you avoid getting into an accident resulting from black ice. Keep reading to learn more
Black ice is a thin layer of transparent ice that usually forms when a light rain or drizzle falls onto pavement that has a temperature below freezing. It’s most common in the morning and at night, when temperatures are at their lowest. Black ice can easily be mistaken for puddles of water or freshly paved asphalt, so it’s important to be extra aware of your surroundings.
The first thing you should do to prepare for the possibility of coming across black ice is to make sure you know what to keep an eye out for. You might not always be able to detect it, but knowing what to look for will help tremendously. Be on the lookout for patches in the road that appear dark, slightly wet, or glossy. Especially if you the spot looks glossy or shiny, you’re most likely dealing with black ice.
Keep in mind that black ice is more likely to form in areas of the road that are shaded by trees because there is less direct sunlight. Black ice can be harder to see on tree-covered stretches too, so it’s good to be extra cautious. You should also look out for bridges, underpasses, and low-lying areas that are more likely to collect runoff from rain or melting snow.
When you’re traveling, it’s always a good idea to check the weather and road reports before you head out. That way, you can plan accordingly as much as possible. Black ice is most common just after a winter storm has passed, when the air is starting to warm up and melt the snow. If you have to travel during a high-risk time for black ice, it’s best to drive during the day when the sun is still out.
Before you embark on a winter road trip, make sure your tires are up for the challenge. Check the tread and make sure it’s long enough to cover Lincoln’s head on a penny facing down. If your tread is too short, you’re putting yourself at risk and it’s time for some new tires.
Most importantly, take your time. Don’t be afraid of driving slowly and be as cautious as you need to be. Keep plenty of space between you and the car in front of you, and avoid knee-jerk reactions like slamming on the brakes, swerving or speeding up too quickly. Make sure your driving is smooth and steady.
If you do start to slide on some black ice, take your foot off the gas pedal but do not slam on the brake. Don’t panic! If you stay calm and avoid over-compensating, you should be fine.
If you keep these things in mind, you’ll have a much better chance of avoiding a slippery situation with black ice. Stay informed, be prepared, and take your time!
If you have been in an accident and you need repairs, let us know! At Steve Landers Collision Center, we want to put you back on the road as quick as we can. With a team of factory-trained technicians, our crew can return your vehicle to manufacturer specifications while our front office will work with your insurance to make your process a breeze. Get in touch today stopping by the shop, calling us at (501) 703-0276, or filling out our online contact form. Experience the Steve Landers difference and get moving today!
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