This time of year reminds us of one of the most dangerous hazards of winter — black ice. It can show up anytime or anywhere when temperatures are below freezing.
Black ice is actually clear. It’s a thin strip of ice or sleet on roads and is transparent, so you only see black tar and can be unaware of the danger. Even when roads are treated, an overnight mist or fog combined with low temperatures can be a recipe for disaster.
Be especially careful when traveling on bridges as the cold temperatures under the bridge combine with the cold temperature above and you can completely lose control of your car.
What to do:
- Pay attention to the temperature outside and be alert of the road conditions – always.
- Approach bridges with care. They are the first to freeze in cold temperatures. Try braking gently to be sure the road is treated.
- Keep your distance from other cars.
- If the roads appear to be slick, SLOW DOWN.
- If you find yourself slipping on black ice, don’t jam on the brakes — you’ll start spinning and lose control. Take your foot off the accelerator and turn the wheel in the direction of the skid. And stay calm (if you can).
- Wear your seatbelt.
Most importantly, drive safely — we all have an exciting year ahead of us.