Tips for Driving on Snowy Roads – How to Detect Black Ice


One of the biggest dangers when driving on snowy roads this winter is an invisible enemy known as black ice. This thin coat of ice that can be found on roads during cold


temperatures (32°F and below). Black ice is virtually transparent and it can appear to look like puddles on the road during daytime driving. As a result, many accidents occur because many drivers are not aware of this road hazard until it is too late. Here are a few tips to learn how to detect black ice so that you can drive more safely on the road this winter.

Look at the Pavement

Before getting in your vehicle to start driving, take a look at the pavement. If you are able to see spots on the pavement that are glossy and dark although the pavement appears to be dry, this is evidence that black ice is present.

Use a Car Thermometer

Just like a digital thermometer that you would use in your home, a car thermometer helps to detect the right temperature for your vehicle. If you notice that your car thermometer’s temperature is below 32°F, then you should be very cautious when driving because black ice may be present.

Check the Road Surface

If the color of the road changes or there is a sudden shine on the road’s surface, this is an indication that you are approaching a patch of black ice.

Watch Other Cars

You should maintain a wider road distance if you suspect that the road conditions are hazardous. You will know there is black ice present on the road if other cars, in front of the vehicle you are following, begin to swerve or skid. You should also drive on the farthest right lane to avoid oncoming traffic that could possibly swerve into you because of black ice.

It is a good idea to consult your insurance agent to know what you can do to protect yourself in the event of an accident resulting from black ice. You should check your coverage to ensure your safety and protection during freezing winter conditions. You may also be eligible for discounts from your insurance provider by using certain vehicle devices that detect black ice.