Black ice is just like regular ice, but it is especially dangerous because it can be difficult to see. Not only can it be annoying to get stuck in the snow, but black ice can cause you to lose control at high speeds—a very dangerous situation. That’s why we’ve created a post on driving on black ice to help you avoid slippery surfaces. We’ve also included information about what to do if you do hit a patch of ice as well.
According to wikiHow, prevention is always a good place to start. Learn where and when black ice is more common in order to avoid it. Black ice is typically found in shaded areas and in the morning or late at night due to lower temperatures. It’s also common on bridges and overpasses because the cool air from below lowers the temperature of the surface.
Know What To Expect
If you do hit a patch of black ice, know what to expect. Avoid slamming on the brakes, especially if you don’t have an anti-lock braking system, or ABS. Your first instinct will likely be to steer in the opposite direction or to overcorrect; however, this often causes your car to slide further. If you hit black ice, lift your foot off the pedal and steer into the direction of the slide—this will slow you faster.
You should also apply the brakes slowly, and be sure to look for dry patches of road if possible. Most importantly, remain calm if you hit a patch of ice. That’s why it’s important practice handling your car on ice if possible. These are just some of the tips to keep in mind for driving on black ice.