ON THIN ICE What is black ice and is it dangerous to drive on it When the temperature is low and black ice hides on the roads, it is important to stay safe and stay informed.
Falling winter temperatures can make driving a car more dangerous, especially when black ice forms on the roads.
Here’s what you need to know about safe driving in icy conditions.
Black ice is the same as regular ice, but it’s more dangerous because it’s harder to see, especially when you drive.
It forms on streets and sidewalks when there is easily freezing or melting and re-freezing water on the surfaces.
Black ice gets its name because it is often camouflaged and resembles the road surface, making it difficult to see before you step or drive on it.
There is a higher chance of black ice in the coming weeks as an arctic explosion will hit the UK.
Black ice occurs when the temperature is just below freezing point.
It can form on highways when the freezing temperatures on the roads are coupled with the heat of car tires.
Black ice mainly forms at night or early in the morning when temperatures drop to their lowest levels. So be careful if you drive at these times.
Watch out for spots of black ice on roads with high traffic or on areas of the road that are not exposed to direct sunlight.
Bridges are another problem area as the cold air can cool both sides of the road.
A strong sign of black ice is when the car suddenly swerves for no apparent reason.
This is often caused by a hidden patch of black ice so it is important to drive slowly and carefully when it is cold outside.
Here are 10 essential checks you must do on your vehicle before heading out this winter.
And these are the driving rules and regulations that you should be aware of when the temperatures drop.