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3 Essential Steps To Take When You Encounter Black Ice

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Winter, with its cold embrace, often paints beautiful landscapes – shimmering icicles, pristine snow-covered trees, and the joy of cozy firesides. But beneath its breathtaking beauty, the season can sometimes hide the peril of black ice on road, turning a scenic drive into a nightmare in mere seconds. If you’ve ever found yourself sliding uncontrollably or felt your heart race at the surprise of a slick patch underfoot, you know the threat black ice poses. So, what to do if you hit black ice? Equip yourself with knowledge and be ready to take these three crucial steps.

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What To Do If You Hit Black Ice

1. Remain Calm And Avoid Sudden Actions

The first realization that you’re on black ice can trigger panic. Your vehicle may start sliding, or you could feel your feet slipping from beneath you. In such situations, it’s natural to want to act quickly, but sudden movements are your enemy.

  • For Drivers: If your car begins to slide, keep your steering wheel steady in the direction you want to go. Do not make abrupt turns, and importantly, avoid slamming on the brakes. Instead, ease off the accelerator, allowing the vehicle to decelerate naturally.
  • For Pedestrians: If you find yourself on a slippery patch while walking, try to keep your weight forward and your steps short and deliberate. Avoid making sharp turns or changing your pace suddenly.

2. Slowly Regain Control

After the initial realization, your next aim should be to regain control. Remember, overreacting can lead to more severe accidents or falls.

  • For Drivers: If you have anti-lock brakes, you can brake gently. For cars without this feature, pumping the brakes lightly is advised. Once you feel your tires regain their grip, you can gently steer away from any potential hazards.
  • For Pedestrians: If you feel a fall coming, try to protect your head and neck. Fall to your side if possible. Once you’re stable, move cautiously off the icy patch, using small, measured steps.

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3. Prepare And Protect With ‘traction Magic’

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the old adage goes. Before heading out, whether by foot or vehicle, ensure you’re equipped to handle black ice.

Using ‘Traction Magic’ can be a lifesaver in these icy scenarios. Made from a specialized blend of natural volcanic rock and seven other minerals, it provides an immediate, grippy surface on top of black ice, granting you the needed traction. It’s an excellent solution for those who live in colder climates or areas prone to black ice formation.

  • For Drivers: Keep a bag of ‘Traction Magic’ in your vehicle. If you find yourself stuck or in an area where black ice is prevalent, sprinkling some around your tires can provide the necessary traction to move safely.
  • For Pedestrians: Sprinkle ‘Traction Magic’ on sidewalks, steps, or any area where you suspect black ice might be present. The blend’s non-corrosive properties ensure it’s safe for your property, while its natural ingredients pose no threat to pets or people.


In Conclusion: Safety First

Black ice, often invisible and unexpected, is a silent menace for drivers and pedestrians alike. Understanding its risks and knowing what to do if you hit black ice is essential for winter safety. Always remain vigilant, especially during the early mornings or late evenings when temperatures plummet, making conditions ripe for black ice on the road. And, with tools like ‘Traction Magic‘ at your disposal, you can take active steps to ensure you, your loved ones, and fellow road users remain safe during the icy months.

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