Black ice is a very thin coat of ice, which is transparent and glazes on a surface and makes it slick. It is more likely to form in the early morning and evening hours on shaded areas of the road, overpasses, and bridges. Understanding what black ice is and how to identify it is the first step to driving safely on black ice. Here are some additional tips:
- Remain alert and cautious on bridges, overpasses and shaded roads where black ice is the worst.
- Drive slowly, turn slowly and brake slowly on icy roads to avoid a spin out.
- Keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. AAA suggests increasing your following distance to 8-10 seconds in icy conditions.
- If possible, try to avoid coming to a complete stop. It is hard to start moving again on black ice.
While it is best to avoid driving on the roads in icy conditions, sometimes it is unavoidable. Pay special attention to the roadways and always wear a seat belt; it’s your best safety defense against injury. In the event you do get into an accident, your automobile insurance will help cover the damage costs. To learn more, visit AssuredPartners Personal Insurance.