What are the best ways to avoid accidents on black ice?

How do you avoid accidents on black ice? My friends and I are driving to Lake Tahoe tomorrow and I'm afraid of slipping off the road. Is there anything specific I should keep in mind?

Great question! Black ice is scary, so knowing how to avoid it is key when traveling in the winter. Above all else, you’ll want to slow down, know where to look, and stay calm.
Driving in the snow can be dangerous, but here are a few steps you can take to stay safe as possible:
  • Drive slowly. Running over black ice can make you lose traction and cause you to spin out. Driving slowly in icy areas will reduce your momentum and lower the risk.
  • Stay aware of where black ice forms. Black ice typically forms in shaded areas where water collects—like curves, dips in the road, and bridges. Try to be more cautious around those areas.
  • Stay calm. When people do hit black ice, their natural reaction is to slam the brakes. Do not hit the brakes. Bringing your wheels to a sudden stop or jerking the wheel can force you to spin out. Instead, release the gas and lightly guide the car forwards until you stop or regain traction.
Following these steps will help you stay safe as possible, but driving in icy areas can be dangerous regardless. Sometimes accidents are unavoidable. As an extra precaution, you should look into roadside assistance coverage—which guarantees your provider will send someone to help if you get stranded.
For quick response times and an affordable price, sign up for roadside assistance with Jerry. Jerry’s roadside assistance membership provides you with industry-leading roadside assistance, including benefits like towing, lockout service, and a mechanics hotline.
Best of luck, and drive safely this winter!
Joshua Levy
Answered on Nov 30, 2021

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