As winter conditions become more severe, it’s more important than ever to consider our safety on the roads. In cold conditions, black ice may develop on roads making them slippery – a common cause of accidents every year.
What is Black Ice?
Black ice is ice that appears black due to its transparency and can be near impossible to detect. It forms most commonly at night or early in the morning on sections of the road without much sunlight. It is less likely to develop during later hours in the day, but this is still possible and therefore care should be taken at all times while driving in elevated areas.
Below are some essential tips to consider before driving in poor and icy conditions.
Tips for Driving around Snow or Ice
- Avoid driving where possible!
- Avoid sudden movements. Drive slowly and at a speed that allows plenty of time to safely come to a stop if required.
- Allow for plenty of space between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you.
- Eliminate distractions that will affect your judegment and reaction times. Concentrate completely on driving!
- Be aware of road warning signs.
- Drive with your headlights on in poor conditions.
- If you hit black ice, do not hit the brakes as this will likely cause you to skid. Instead, stop accelerating and keep the steering wheel straight until you pass over the black ice.
Stay safe out there, enjoy your travelling and remember, road safety starts with you!