Tips to Keep in Mind When Driving on Black Ice
What driving all boils down to is just using good common sense. Nobody enjoys driving on icy road conditions or driving on dangerous black ice.
The best thing you can do is slow your driving speed way down below the speed limit and be very easy on the gas and the breaks.
According to lesschwab.com:
Don’t use your car thermometer as the only judge of how slippery the road is. Air temperature warms quicker than pavement. So even when your thermometer says it’s above freezing the roadway may still be frozen. Look for ice on your wipers, side view mirrors, road signs or trees as other signs that extra caution is needed.
Another thing to keep in mind is to not drive at night or really early in the morning when it's really cold outside.
And let's talk about black ice. With black ice, you can't always see it coming. That's why it's so important to pay close attention to the road. Black ice is thin ice and it actually looks like water on the road.
Another thing, you'll want to avoid skidding on black ice. That can be very dangerous as well.
How to drive downhill in slick conditions: if you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) start at the top of the hill as slowly as possible, leaving your vehicle in normal drive gear. Use light, steady pressure on the brake pedal to maintain the right speed. This allows your braking system to maintain traction. If you don’t have ABS, start slowly and keep it slow by lightly pumping the brakes.