How To Spot Black Ice In Roswell, GA

February 18th, 2021 by

Icy Roads - Roswell, GA

With extreme winter conditions making national headlines, it’s a good time to brush up on cold weather driving tips, even if you don’t normally drive in snow and ice. Black ice poses a dangerous threat to drivers. Here’s how Roswell drivers can recognize and avoid it.

What Is Black Ice?

Black ice is clear ice that forms on a black surface. It’s dangerous because it blends into the road so drivers can’t see it. When you drive over black ice, you risk losing control of your vehicle. Black ice can form in the following ways:

  • Snow melts during the day, then refreezes at night
  • Rain forms puddles before the temperature drops, then freezes solid
  • Moisture in the air condenses into fog or dew that freezes on the road


When And Where Does Black Ice Form?

For black ice to form, the surface of the road must be at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). This means colder roads are at higher risk. Bridges and overpasses are more prone to black ice because cold air can flow underneath and above them. Shady spots on the road are also higher risk areas because the sun can’t warm them. Black ice is more likely to form on rural or suburban roads and less likely to form on highly-traveled city roads. Also, black ice is most likely during the night.


How Can You Spot Black Ice?

At night, keep an eye out for pavement that’s slightly duller or darker than the rest of the road. During the day, look for glossy, wet surfaces, especially in the shade. If the pavement feels dry, but you see spots that appear wet, those spots are probably black ice. You can also spot black ice by watching other vehicles on the road. If the road looks wet, but other drivers’ tires aren’t spraying up water, the “wet” spots could actually be black ice.


What Should You Do If You Lose Control On Black Ice?

Even knowing what to look for, black ice is infamously difficult to see. If you accidentally drive over ice and your vehicle starts to slide, take your foot off the gas but don’t hit the brakes. Braking could lock your wheels, causing you to slide even further. Hold onto the steering wheel and gently steer into the slide, but do not make large steering movements or you could worsen the slide.


Remember, the safest way to avoid black ice is to avoid driving in freezing temperatures or extreme winter weather. But if you do need to drive, the information above can help keep you safe on the road. For cold weather questions about your specific Honda vehicle, contact the Honda Carland Service Department at (470) 336-1647.



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