Black Ice: What You Should Know

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By Kevin Arnone on November 8, 2012, 7:37pm Last modified: November 9, 2012, 4:10pm

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So you think you’re the master about black ice.  

Bet you didn’t know it takes nine times longer to stop on black ice then it does on dry pavement.  

Hopefully you think twice about speeding when there is a chance for black ice.  Just in case you’re wondering when that might be, I bet you didn't know black ice can form when temperatures are actually above freezing.  That’s a scary thought!

How many times have you heard people say they have an SUV so they are safe during the winter months? Well next time you hear that, laugh and say “4 wheel drive or 2 wheel drive, doesn't matter when you're sliding on ice.”  No car will have traction on a sheet of ice.  

How about those people that put the snow tires on and think they are golden?  They are called snow tires for a reason, THEY'RE MEANT FOR THE SNOW.  They won’t help a bit on black ice.  Snow tires are no better then regular tires if you’re on a sheet of ice, as a matter of fact sometimes they can be worse.

Your best bet is to have tires with chains on them, but who goes through the effort in doing that?  If you want go buy some studded tires, those will help just a bit.  Don’t put them on before the 15th of November and make sure you have them off by April 30th.  You are probably wondering why, well it’s against the law believe it or not.

So now you know some extra facts that hopefully will keep you safe when the conditions are right for black ice.  Hopefully you don’t encounter it anytime soon!

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