• Marvin Freed

5 Tips for Driving on Black Ice

Extreme winter weather conditions can cause dangerous driving conditions. Black ice is one of the more dangerous conditions because it is so difficult to see. So be on the lookout for it whenever you are driving in blizzard-like or extremely cold weather.

1. Be aware. It's not easy to see, but pavement with black ice may look darker or duller than the rest of the road. Areas that are shaded or less traveled upon are more likely to contain black ice.

2. Be especially careful on bridges and overpasses. They freeze before roadways. Even if the road leading up to a bridge is fine, the bridge could be dangerously icy.

3. Don't be overconfident, even if you have a four-wheel drive vehicle. You may be able to drive better on snow, but four-wheel drive does not help you to stop faster.

4. Try to avoid braking on ice. If you see a patch of ice, try to brake before you reach it and if you start to skid, control the skid by easing off the accelerator and steering in the direction you want the front of the car to go.

5. Never use cruise control in rainy or icy conditions.