- First, being mindful of where black ice can form, and under what conditions, is critical in avoiding potential dangerous spots. view the following list of “where black ice can form”
- If you do find yourself on ice it is important to stay calm. If/when possible, coast in a straight line (no braking, turning, or accelerating) until you’ve reached dry portion of roadway or pavement.
- When turning a vehicle on ice, take it slowly so you can keep your car as upright as possible. Leaning into a turn requires a lot of lateral traction to keep your tires connected to the road. Without that traction on ice, your tires will quickly lose their grip and you may find yourself having a direct encounter with the ice.
- If you must brake, ONLY use your rear brakes. This will keep your front tire rolling and in the best possible contact with the road surface. The idea is to maximize your steering traction.
- If you have and use a single studded tire, it is recommended to mount it on the front wheel because that will ensure better traction where you need it most—for steering. If you anticipate ice on a road it is recommended to have a spare tire with studs.
The possible presence of black ice doesn’t mean to stop driving. It does mean to be more cautious. Proper attention to the conditions that create black ice, avoiding turning or braking (when you can), and using the turning/braking techniques discussed above (when you must), will help when driving in icy conditions.