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Three Tips to Stay Safe When Driving on Black Ice

Winter in Connecticut can creep up before you're ready and driving conditions turn deadly at the drop of a hat. Although ice on the roadways is one of the most dangerous aspects of the freezing temperatures, black ice is even more so.

Black ice is exponentially more dangerous simply because drivers are unable to see it before they're on top of it. Without any air bubbles, ice becomes clear and blends in with the road, thus the term 'black ice.' Keep yourself and your loved ones safe this winter with some helpful tips for driving where the threat of black ice exists:

Slow down.
One of the best, and easiest, ways to stay safe is just by driving more slowly than you normally would. Ice makes it almost impossible to gain traction, so if you're speeding and hit a patch of black ice, your chances of being able to safely slow down are almost nil. When driving in an area where there could be black ice, drive as if there is black ice.

Go easy on the brakes.
Your first instinct when you start to slide on black ice may be to hit the brakes as hard as you can. However, slamming on the brakes can cause your car to skid and spin out. If this happens, take a deep breath and steer with the skid. Doing so will help your car regain control.

Pay attention to what's coming.
While black ice is difficult to see, if you know what to look for you may be able to better identify trouble spots in the road. Black ice generally causes the road to look darker and duller than the rest of the pavement and is common on areas shaded by trees, bridges, and overpasses. If you notice drivers slowing down or sliding ahead of you, shift to a lower gear and slow your speed. It is always best to exercise more caution than you think is necessary.

It is starting to get dark around 4:00 p.m. each evening and black ice becomes extremely common as the temperature drops. At McCoy & McCoy, we encourage safety for all drivers this winter, no matter where you live. If you have been injured on the road from dangerous weather conditions, don't hesitate to call on our Hartford personal injury attorney.

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