Black ice is a term used to describe a thin layer of transparent ice that forms on roads, bridges and other surfaces, making it difficult to see and leading to a high risk of slipping or skidding. It is called “black ice” because it appears to be the color of the road surface underneath it.
To avoid black ice, it is recommended to:
- Slow down: Reduce your speed and give yourself extra time to react to any changes in road conditions.
- Keep a safe distance: Maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you, as sudden stops can be difficult on icy roads.
- Use winter tires: Make sure your vehicle is equipped with good quality winter tires, which provide better grip and traction on icy roads.
- Use caution on bridges and overpasses: These areas freeze faster than other parts of the road and can be more slippery.
- Avoid sudden movements: Sudden steering, braking, or acceleration can cause your vehicle to lose traction on black ice.
- Stay alert: Pay attention to the road conditions, and be prepared for patches of black ice, especially in shady or sheltered areas.