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Winter months bring the fear of black ice

There’s nothing scarier than the thought of hitting a patch of ice when traveling at a fast rate of speed. If this happens, there’s a good chance you’ll lose control of your vehicle, causing an accident.

When it’s easy to see that conditions are less than ideal, you can slow down and take other steps to protect yourself. But with black ice, since it’s invisible, it’s much more difficult to avoid trouble.

If you suspect black ice, here are some safety tips to follow:

  • Slow down: The slower you drive, the less chance there is of losing control should you strike a patch of ice. So, if you have reason to believe that the roads could be slippery, it’s better to be safe than sorry in regard to your speed.
  • Don’t hit the brakes too hard: If you slam on your brakes in slippery conditions, your tires are likely to slide. When they don’t have full contact with the surface, you could lose control.
  • Stick to roads that have been treated: When possible, drive on roads that have been treated to prevent ice buildup. It doesn’t guarantee that there’s no black ice, but it’s less likely.

Even if you’re a safe wintertime driver, someone else could make a mistake that causes an accident. For example, someone traveling the opposite direction could strike black ice at a high rate of speed, lose control, cross the centerline and strike your vehicle head-on.

If you’re injured in an accident caused by another driver, protect your legal rights and do your part in seeking all the compensation you deserve.

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