Black ice often causes problems for many people during the winter. It also causes a lot of accidents. But there are things that people can do when it comes to black ice to help avoid accidents. Below are three tips that you can use for avoiding car accidents insurance claims because of black ice.
Understand black ice to avoid having problems due to car accidents and injuries
It’s the same as regular ice. It’s a glaze which forms on the surfaces, particularly pavements, driveways, and roads, due to snow or ice that melts and then freezes again. Its name comes from the fact it usually looks like the paved road but it’s clear. It forms without making bubbles, and this allows it to look like any other kind of surface on the road. It’s really dangerous because it’s very hard to detect before you hit it.
Know where you should expect it, to avoid having problems due to car accidents and injuries
Black ice generally forms when the temperature’s at freezing point. Sometimes during really cold weather highway conditions, it forms because of the tyres’ heat upon the roadway in addition to the really cold temperatures. Listen to highway and weather reports to know whether or not there is a possibility of it.
Here are three things to remember about black ice to avoid having problems due to car accidents:
- It commonly forms in the early part of the morning or in the evening. This is because the temperatures are really low then or because the sun isn’t there to warm up the roads.
- It usually forms on the sections of the road that don’t get a lot of sun. These are sections like tunnels or routes that are tree-lined. Also forms on the roads that don’t have a lot of traffic.
- It often will form on overpasses, bridges, and the routes beneath the overpasses and bridges. That’s because cold air is able to cool the top of the bridge as well as under the bridge, which makes freezing much faster.
Know when you should be able to avoid having problems due to car accidents and injuries
Black ice usually forms in the early part of the evening and in the early morning. Throughout the daytime hours, the road’s generally warmer which means black ice usually won’t show up. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a chance. Always be careful, because you never know what might happen.
If you have had an accident because someone hit black ice and you’re injured, find a solicitor. We can provide one if you want – we have many solicitors on our team. Just give Accident Advice Helpline a call and we’ll help. You can call our team on our freephone numbers 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to discuss things in more detail.
Date Published: 21st January 2013