When you take to the road in the winter season, you do so with the knowledge that there is an increased chance of experiencing a road traffic accident due to adverse weather conditions.
Although you can take reasonable precautions in winter to minimise the chance of a road-traffic accident occurring, weather can be unpredictable and somewhat outside of our control. One problematic feature of winter weather for drivers is black ice.
What is black ice?
Strictly speaking, black ice is clear, however, its transparency means that it cannot be distinguished from tarmacked black roads and has therefore been dubbed as ‘black ice’.
Black ice is notorious for causing road traffic accidents. One of the reasons it is so deadly is its invisibility – many drivers are unable to see it meaning they don’t drive as cautiously as they would on visible ice, leading to road-related accidents.
Black ice forms in the early morning. When temperatures drop to their lowest point after warmer periods in the night, melted snow and ice freeze, without air pockets, leading to a smooth and transparent layer of ice which is almost impossible for drivers to spot.
Spotting it on the road
One way to minimise the risk of experiencing an accident on the road is to prepare yourself for the inevitability of black ice.
While you may not be able to spot black ice when driving, it is worthwhile remembering how and when it forms. If there has been a period of snow and ice, which has had the opportunity to melt then refreeze, drive with the expectation that black ice will be on the roads.
Typically speaking, black ice gives the road ‘sheen’, a gloss effect, and is susceptible to forming over sheltered roads – under trees, for example – where freezing rain, and melted snow and ice can refreeze quickly.
Claiming for road traffic accidents
If you have suffered an accident on the road, and believe you are not to blame for the harm you have suffered, Accident Advice Helpline could help you recover the compensation you deserve for the injuries you sustained.
Call us today on freephone number 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week for your convenience. Our friendly and efficient advisors are waiting to help you take the first steps in retrieving the compensation you are entitled to.