Be Aware: Black Ice
Driving during the winter can be a daunting task. If you're someone that white-knuckles the steering wheel at the sight of a snowflake, the thought of driving on roads covered in snow and ice may seem improbable. Black ice can lead to many accidents as it goes undetected throughout the cold months. Know the facts about black ice & the best practices for driving in the winter.
WHAT IS BLACK ICE?
It's just regular, clear ice that blends in with the pavement. Being unable to see it is where the danger lies.
Be sure to keep at least a 5-second following distance between yourself and other cars. That way, if you do hit black ice, you will lessen the chance of injuring yourself or others, and it will give other drivers a chance to slow down and react to what is going on.
IF I HIT IT, WHAT DO I DO?
- Don't hit your brakes!
- Decelerate by taking your foot off the gas pedal.
- Hold onto the steering wheel firmly.
- Keep your steering wheel pointed in the direction you want to go.
- If you feel your car sliding, don't over correct. The momentum can cause you to hit other cars.
- If possible, and if it is safe, head for a path of traction, like snow, grass, dirt, or salt sprinkles (the blue ones meant to melt the snow).
We know that winter dangers don't just lie on the road. If you experience a disaster at your home or business, like a burst pipe or a fire, be sure to call our pros at SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland to handle all of your restoration needs!