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Driving on Black Ice? Do This

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Thin coat of highly transparent ice called the black ice. It’s not only difficult to see but also challenging to maneuver. The dangerous black ice has led to multiple incidents every year. 

In this article, we will be discussing various ways in which we can be more careful on black ice and avoid such incidents. 

How To Spot Black Ice And What To Do First?

Black ice is transparent and difficult to see (that’s the reason why it’s dangerous, right?) However, if you’re looking for it, you must know that it almost always forms in very smooth and glossy sheets. It can sometimes be seen in the right lighting conditions. – if you are looking for it. This glossy surface is your indication of potential black ice.

Another way to spot black ice is to look for signages and stop boards while traveling in black ice-prone areas.

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What To Do When You Hit Black Ice?

If you do cross black ice, you must decelerate your car and reduce the speed of your vehicle by slowly removing your foot off the gas pedal. Do not apply the brake or accelerate as it may swing your car more. 

Instead, keep the vehicle moving in the direction you want to go and if you start slipping or losing your grip on the road, find a place such as a grassy patch or snow to go towards. 

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Driving Tips To Stay Safe On Black Ice 

  • Don’t Speed

Speeding on an open road can be tempting but don’t. Black ice is transparent and challenging to spot. You don’t come to know that you’ve hit the black ice until the vehicle starts rolling out of control or skidding. Winter is not the time to accelerate your dreams and wishes of overtaking or driving on empty roads. Use safe ice melt for new concrete to avoid such happenings around your house.

  • Snow Traction For Cars

You need traction for driving. Proper snow tires, snow chains, or products like snow cocks that get fitted on your tires can provide the required grip and drive smoothly on black ice. It will increase the traction for driving

  • Blinkers 

Keep your car blinkers on while driving on empty roads to let the car behind you know of your presence. However, do not tail the vehicle if they skid and you crash into them. Instead, keep moving safely and watch the other cars blinkers. 

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  • Emergency Kit 

Always keep an emergency kit ready in your car. It must include- gloves, flashlight, first-aid kit, enough water, non-perishable food, warm clothes and blankets, traction products such as Traction Magic, etc. 


There are several ways to gain traction for driving, and we have highlighted a few crucial ones that you must keep in mind. Unfortunately, black ice is dangerous and fatal in some cases. Therefore, it is best to keep your traction product, Traction Magic, along with the essentials mentioned above to help wade through black ice quickly.

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