The term ‘black ice’ can be misleading, as it actually refers to a layer of clear ice on a road surface. The ice forms with no bubbles, so it blends in with the surface (usually black tarmac hence the term ‘black ice’), creating a glossy finish and making black ice hard to spot. The surface can appear wet rather than icy, so you may not realise you’re driving on black ice until it is too late.
Avoiding black ice
Black ice is most commonly found late at night and early in the morning, when there is no sun around to warm the road surface. In addition, it is found more frequently on quiet, rural roads, or in shaded areas such as tunnels or roads with trees. Black ice also forms more quickly on bridges and overpasses, so take particular care in these areas.
Driving on black ice
If you do hit black ice, try to remain calm and do as little as possible. You should try to keep the car’s steering wheel straight and don’t brake. If you feel the car sliding to the left or right, gently turn the wheel in the same direction. Lift your feet off the accelerator to give you more control, and if possible shift into a lower gear.
Claiming for a road accident
Even if you drive as cautiously as possible when it’s icy, accidents can happen, and if you’re injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could claim for compensation. The first step is to find a personal injury compensation lawyer with experience in the industry.
Accident Advice Helpline has been processing personal injury claims since 2000, so we have over 13 years of experience. We’re here to take your call 24/7, so whether you’re looking for some advice, or would like to push ahead with your claim for compensation, we can help. There’s no need to worry about extortionate fees or attending court either – we offer a 100% no win no fee service, so you won’t have to pay anything unless your claim is successful, and because most claims can be dealt with in full over the phone, it’s unlikely you’ll need to attend court.
We can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim for compensation, so if you would like to chat to us in confidence, just pick up the phone and call our Freephone advice line today on 0800 689 0500.