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October 31, 2017 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/blackice.jpgWith temperatures dropping, there’s a whole lot of changes you can see on the roads, from falling leaves to the first few flakes of snow. But the real danger is a change you often can’t see: It’s black ice season, and that can mean serious trouble if you aren’t prepared. Here’s three tips to keep you and your family safe.

Before you get in your car, you can prepare yourself for safer driving by knowing the low temperature of the previous night, and by checking the outdoor temperature. Also, if there has been an extended period of below freezing temperatures, be on your guard on the road. Make sure your windshield is free from coatings and debris—that awful white buildup of road salt, for example—that could potentially screen your view. And, when driving during the day, wear sunglasses as they’ll allow you to spot hazards.

Black ice can form even when the air temperature is above freezing. When streets and sidewalks are freezing, moisture turns to ice almost instantly on contact, and it’s ice that has no air bubbles, making it extremely hard to see. But you can anticipate black ice. It’s most prevalent in the early morning and late evening, which can coincide with rush hours, so give yourself extra space. You can also assume that shaded roads and bridges will be likely spots for black ice as the road temperatures will be cooler.

If you do feel your car lose traction with the road, don’t hit the brakes. It’s one of those things you’ve been hearing your whole driving life: Simply lift your foot off the accelerator and maintain control of your vehicle without over correcting. One of the scariest parts about ice is you can completely lose traction whereas, with snow, even when you start to slide you generally maintain some traction with the road. Black ice tends to be patchy, and it’s likely that your tires will find ice-free road very quickly. You don’t want to hit the brakes or violently turn the wheel and hit suddenly hit dry concrete.

Staying safe during black ice season can be as simple as staying aware of the outdoor temperature and driving even more cautiously in places where the stuff is likely to form. If you’re concerned about your car’s ability to handle winter roads, you could also stop by and check into putting a set of winter tires on your vehicle.

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