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This Is How to Identify Black Ice While Driving

Driving during the winter can be a serious challenge in New York. Between the ice, sleet, and snow, there are many dangers on New York’s winter roads.

Identifying black ice on the road is not always easy, especially when you’re driving at night. Here are some tips for spotting black ice:

Know When to Expect Black Ice

One of the most important factors of driving during the winter is knowing when you should expect to come across black ice on the road.

According to AccuWeather, “Black ice forms most often when it's raining and [the] air is at or below 32° [degrees] Fahrenheit at the surface.”

It Looks Like the Rest of the Pavement

Black ice is so difficult to identify partly because it doesn’t look very different from the rest of the road. The term “black ice” can be a bit misleading because the ice isn’t actually black—it’s transparent.

During the Day

Black ice is easier to spot during the day than at night. Before you start driving, take a look at the road. If the pavement is dry but certain areas appear dark and glossy, those areas are likely covered with black ice.

At Night

Black ice is very difficult to identify at night. You must keep a close eye on the pavement in order to catch black ice in the dark. Look for spots of pavement that are a little darker and duller than the rest of the road, as these areas are likely to have black ice.

Be Mindful of Shady Areas and Bridges

Shaded or tree-covered portions of the road are likely to have black ice form since those areas stay colder than others.

In addition, bridges and overpasses often develop black ice due to their ability to freeze rapidly.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident with another driver due to black ice, or for any other reason, you may be owed compensation. Let our team see if we can help you recover it.

Call the New York lawyers at The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC today at (845) 763-4100 to speak with an accomplished attorney about your case.


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