How do I know if I’m driving on black ice?

One of the most dangerous aspects of black ice is that it’s nearly invisible. In fact, it takes drivers a while before they realize they are driving on black ice.

If you’re driving on black ice, the first thing you’ll notice is how slippery it is. Black ice is created by a small coating of frozen moisture on top of the pavement, making it more slippery than regular ice because it lacks air bubbles or slope variations that could provide traction. Experts estimate that the distance required to stop your vehicle while traveling on black ice is about nine times the distance required to stop your vehicle while traveling on dry pavement.

Shifts in your steering column that generate an exaggerated response are another telltale sign that you’re driving on black ice. When you are driving on black ice, shifts of the steering wheel can quickly cause your vehicle to skid.

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