AP Blog

By Greg Stock, 06/20/2019
As we begrudgingly make our way through the storm season, while casting a wary eye toward the 2019 hurricane season, this is a great time to review the hazards and coverage associated with these events to make sure you are adequately prepared. The U.S. has already experienced heavy rains, flooding, hail, and...
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By Robert Esposito, 06/17/2019
Truck side guards are devices designed to keep vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists from being injured or killed by large trucks in side-impact collisions. Side guards have been required standard equipment since the 1980s in Europe and Japan, and more recently in Brazil. They are also widely adopted in China,...
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How to Drive Safely on Black Ice
By Ivy Crum,
01/18/2017

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.

Source: AAA.com