Ways to Identify the Possibility of Black Ice on Roads

Seasonal - Winter
By: ListMaker    
28-Dec-2010

Introduction:Driving on winter roads can be very dangerous, especially if you don't know how to identify the possibility of black ice on roads. Black ice looks just like water sitting on a road, but your car's tires react much differently to driving on black ice than crossing a puddle. The below ways to identify the possibility of black ice on roads is meant to education you and, hopefully, keep you and others safe through the winter season.

  • 01

    Outside Temperature Is Below 32F

    If it's below freezing outside, the possibility of there being black ice on the road is much greater. In some situations, even if the temperature rises above freezing, ice may still remain on the road so drive cautiously and expect to meet black ice.

  • 02

    There Is No Windshield Spray from the Road

    If the car in front of you passes a 'puddle' but you don't receive any water spray on your windshield, that car probably just passed over a patch of black ice. Water spray on your windshield signals to you that it was just water on the road but still drive cautiously as there are sections of the same road where black ice may be lurking.

  • 03

    It's Dawn or Dusk

    The moments before dawn and after dusk are the most dangerous for the possibility of black ice as the outside temperature fluctuates more during these periods. This means that rush hours can be more dangerous than normal during the winter. Freezing roads are always a possibility is the temperature is 32 or less during these times.

  • 04

    Bridges, Overpasses and Tunnels

    Even if it's above freezing on your car's thermometer, expect black ice if you're driving on bridges, overpasses or in tunnels. All of these places freeze before road surfaces and may be spots where black ice resides even if the rest of the road was wet.

  • 05

    Shady Spots on Roads

    If you're driving in a tree canopied area or any shady spot in the road, you may meet black ice even if the outside temperature is above freezing. If possible, stay in the sunniest part of the highway when temperatures plummet and avoid the freezing roads.




Final Thoughts

Stopping on black ice on freezing roads can take more than twice as long as stopping on wet pavement so leave plenty of space between your car and the car or truck in front of you. Beware going around curves also as your car can easily spin out if you hit a patch of ice.


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  • pamperedpen 1/21/2012 Flag This Comment

    Thanks for this timely information. H5

  • tracyann 12/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent list..thank you for sharing.!

  • clewand550 1/22/2011 Flag This Comment

    Thanks for the tips. All great ones. Nice list of warnings for people to remember if you live where it snows. Great job.

  • toymaker 1/9/2011 Flag This Comment

    I've filed these potentially life-saving tips in my memory!

  • slund 1/9/2011 Flag This Comment

    Thanks for sharing these helpful tips.

  • JoyceTeresaMann 1/2/2011 Flag This Comment

    Extremely important list for the winter season.

  • bossypants 12/30/2010 Flag This Comment

    Comprehensive warnings for avoiding a black ice skid or accident. Number 2 is genius! Congratulations on the front page, with this timely and cautionary article!

  • nicpel 12/30/2010 Flag This Comment

    Excellent advice!

  • LWCox 12/30/2010 Flag This Comment

    Great tips to pass on to the young drivers at my house. Mothering can be scary this time of year!

  • AReynolds 12/30/2010 Flag This Comment

    Good list. I think people forget from year to year how to drive with caution. Hope this helps remind some.

  • Traqqer 12/30/2010 Flag This Comment

    Very timely article and right on concerning what to look for. And congrats on making the featured list!

  • Vallain 12/29/2010 Flag This Comment

    We hit black ice in Pennsylvania once and spun around in a complete 360. I'm glad to say that guard rails are pretty strong or I wouldn't be here now.

  • penelope7 12/29/2010 Flag This Comment

    Black ice is mad in Chicago. Your list is loaded with the right identification of that ice. Thanks so much...hope more people are exposed to this list because the accidents can be devastating. Thanks for sharing! H5

  • Jeanniemaries 12/29/2010 Flag This Comment

    I saw this and thought it would make a good featured list. Excellent!

  • ChristinaFernando 12/29/2010 Flag This Comment

    Black ice is super scary and it causes so many car accidents. Thanks for writing your ultra useful safety list. H5!

  • BonnieDossKnight 12/29/2010 Flag This Comment

    Your list about black ice is most appropriate for this time of year. Thanks for posting.

  • IzzyDuncan 12/29/2010 Flag This Comment

    Black ice is a scary thing!

  • nrichford 12/29/2010 Flag This Comment

    Nice work with this list and important info too.

  • ListingToTheLeft 12/29/2010 Flag This Comment

    Congrats on your Featured List, ListMaker!!! So well deserved for an important article this time of year.

  • DreamsInBloom 12/29/2010 Flag This Comment

    I once was driving down a canyon late at night when I apparently hit a patch of black ice because suddenly the car was spinning and then heading towards the canyon wall...thankfully the care stopped just before I crashed. Other than the temperature I had no clues to the possibility of black ice. But anyway, although I've lived in an area with cold winter's all my life until now I've never heard of most of these tips. Like the "no windshield spray"...that is such a good thing to know. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • jseven 12/28/2010 Flag This Comment

    I live in good ole Michigan and every tip you gave could be a life saver! Thanks for some important info.

  • ListingToTheLeft 12/28/2010 Flag This Comment

    Yes, ice is scary to drive on. Don't have to worry about black ice here in Phoenix but I've spun out more than a few times on black ice.

  • workhomeunion 12/28/2010 Flag This Comment

    great list, especially for this time of the year (late December) because the "black ice" is extremely dangerous; even more so since we have a generation of "mobile cell phone" users behind the wheel ..

  • goodselfme 12/28/2010 Flag This Comment

    I don't have to deal with icy roads much anymore because of the place I live. I agree with your tips to identify black ice on th road since I had years of experience with it.H5

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