During the winter, thin sheets of water can sometimes cover the roadway and freeze over. Unlike normal ice, this layer is so thin that it appears as if it isn’t there on the asphalt. Unlike normal ice, black ice is hard to see but shares its ability to remove traction from your car, making it an incredible danger when driving. If you’re in a car and you hit a patch of ice that you weren’t prepared for, here’s a plan of action you can follow to regain control:
How to Identify Black Ice
Identifying upcoming patches of black ice can be challenging, but it isn’t impossible. If you’re on the road and you see other cars ahead of you begin to swerve in the same spot, that’s an indication of ice ahead. If the road ahead of you is glossier and shinier than the section of road you’re currently on, then that could also be an indication of black ice.
What to do When Driving Over Black Ice
When you feel your car's traction starting to slip, the natural instinct may be to hit the brakes. This is the wrong maneuver. Instead, attempt to gain a firm grip on the wheel to stop the car from slipping. Then, remove all pressure from the accelerator pedal. If possible, shift your car into a lower gear. Try to guide your car gently, without making any sudden jerking movements and, as safely as possible, move to an area where you can see where there is no black ice. After dealing with black ice, you may feel scared or panicked. Try to stop at a safe location, turn off your vehicle, and take some time to calm down.
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