Black Ice creates Problematic Driving Conditions


POSTED: Friday, January 4, 2013 - 6:26am

UPDATED: Friday, January 4, 2013 - 8:36am

It was a record setting snow day for El Paso on Thursday with weather experts saying 2.5" of snow covered the Borderland by 5 PM. However, some of that snow turns into ice overnight which can create dangerous road conditions. 

We spoke with AAA Texas  over skype who shares some road tips when drivers are face-to-face with a scary situation. "Even the most careful drivers can experience skidding. It's important if that start to happen to remember these couple of points - continue to look and steer in the direction you want th car to go. Also, you want to avoid slamming on the breaks as this will upset the vehicle's balance and make it even harder to control," Doug Shupe, Senior Traffic Affairs Specialist with AAA Texas says. 

Experts also say drivers may also encounter black ice, which forms most commonly overnight. 

They also say, black ice is not like regular ice because it looks like the rest of the pavement on the road and is very slipper and very dangerous. This type of ice forms near bridges, overpasses, and any parts of the road without much exposure to sunlight. 

AAA Texas says in these snowy, icy conditions, your best bet is to adhere to the speed limits or drive even slower to ensure your safety and those around you.

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