Avoid Winter Road Hazards:

Even a thin layer of snow, slush, or ice can reduce the traction between your car’s wheels and the road, which makes keeping your car from sliding difficult. But snow and ice aren’t the only road hazards that winter might place in your path: there’s the dreaded “Black Ice”.

Black ice is one of the most commonly discussed dangers. This is ice is the same color as the driving surface (usually black asphalt, which gives it its name), and it contains no air bubbles. As a result, you likely won’t see black ice and won’t even realize it’s on the road until your car slides across a patch. Black Ice is common in shady areas where ice and snow don’t melt during the day. Areas that are in the sun during the day can also have Black Ice at night when the temperature drops, freezing all of that melted snow. 

Bridges present another winter danger. Because air circulates around all sides of a bridge, water on its surface will freeze more quickly than water on a ground-based road, and you might end up driving on ice before you know it. So, always slow down as you approach a bridge.

Finally, the spaces between driving lanes offer an unexpected challenge. These spaces are where snow gets pushed to the side and builds up in hard, crunchy layers. Trying to change lanes across these thick layers can be difficult and might result in your car getting stuck.

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