The safest way to drive on black ice is…..not to drive on it at all. Unfortunately, that advice is not always practical. If you must venture out this winter, you may encounter roads that have patches of black ice. When this occurs, safely navigating black ice requires knowing a few tricks, and understanding just what is causing the danger.
What is Black Ice?
Black ice is a very thin clear coat of ice. You can’t see it on the roads because it blends with the road surface. It usually forms after snow has thawed slightly, leaving a thin layer of water on the roads. When the temperature drops below freezing, this water will freeze and form black ice. It can also form if dew or fog freezes on the surface of the road. This ice is not only invisible to the driver, but it is also extremely slippery, creating hazardous road conditions that often result in serious and catastrophic accidents.
Black ice is hardest to see in the dark. Bridges and overpasses are common spots where black ice may accumulate because of their ability to freeze quickly. If you are driving at night and the weather is below freezing, you should always be aware of the potential for black ice. In addition, in the winter, pay close attention to the weather. Weather apps are good at warning drivers of black ice on the road and you may be able to avoid an accident by postponing your outing.
How to Drive on Black Ice
If you get caught in an area that has black ice on the road, try and keep your steering wheel straight. Turning your steering wheel will likely result in sliding and loss of control. Whatever you do, do not brake suddenly. Braking quickly will cause your car to slide on the black ice. Instead of braking, give yourself enough time to slow down by taking your foot off of the accelerator. In general, you should keep at least 5 seconds between you and the car in front of you. If you feel your car sliding on the black ice, remain calm and avoid over correcting your steering.
Accidents Caused by Black Ice
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident on the roads this winter, it is important to know that you are not alone. Call an experienced car accident attorney immediately to ensure that all of your rights are protected after a crash. If the other driver was driving recklessly or speeding then you may be entitled to collect damages. In winter weather, drivers have a responsibility to use extra caution when driving. Any driver who fails to drive carefully in inclement weather can be held responsible for accidents they cause.
Contact Our Pueblo Car Accident Lawyers Today
Driving in winter weather can be dangerous. If you are injured because of another driver’s negligence this winter, call our experienced Pueblo car accident lawyers today. Call Pueblo attorneys at Smith & Smith, today for a FREE CONSULTATION – (719) 544-0062.