Black ice is back .. Watch out !
As we go through the winter months, the wintery precipitation and the sub-zero temperatures have created these driving hazards.
As I was doing errands a couple of times yesterday, I fishtailed. Trust me that is not a fun experience, especially when there are other cars on the road. Black ice is here and already a lot of steep roads in town are being blocked off due to hazardous conditions.
When driving in these conditions, it's helpful to know how to get through them so there is more of an expectation rather than panic. Here are some steps to get you there:
- Know where to expect black ice:
- It usually forms over bridges or where there is a body of water close by
- Know when to expect black ice:
- It usually is prevalent in the early morning or late evening hours when the temperature drops.
- Look for Black ice:
- It's very glossy almost like glass. You can see it in daylight hours because it's shiny.
- Practice on slippery surfaces:
- Take an afternoon and go into an abandoned snowy parking lot and drive around. Bring the dog, I'm sure he would like it.
- When you hit Black Ice, be calm:
- The worst thing to do is panic, just stop everything and gently guide your vehicle to safety.
- Head for areas of traction:
- If you see a snow patch, hit it or a dry area in the road aim for that.
- If you skid, relax:
- Pump the breaks gently and if you have ABS hit the brake firmly. Most black ice patches so you should be out of it in no time if you're calm.
- If you go off the road, minimize the damage:
- Avoid signposts, guard rails, and anything that might damage your car. Steer calmly away from them.
- Once everything is fine, take a deep breath and GET OFF THE ROAD!
- There's something to be said about waiting for the road to be salted before you travel again.