Clear "Black" Ice Could Cause a Problem for Drivers
Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on January 27, 2013 @ 7:29PM
Created on January 27, 2013 @ 6:58PM
One of the major concerns with Sunday night's weather is the danger that comes with black ice.
It's almost impossible to be prepared for it, but you have to constantly be on the look-out for slippery roads when driving in low temperatures. Clear ice, also known as black ice, is one of the biggest causes of roadway accidents during the winter months. Firefighters told 5 News that the only real answer to the problem is to drive slower when there's a possibility that black ice could be in the area.
"Black ice is, in my opinion, the most dangerous simply because you have hardly any traction whatsoever. There's really no easy way to spot it until you're on it and then you find yourself losing control of your vehicle. At that point, slow speed is what's going to keep you safer then anything," said Joe Spray III, a firefighter, paramedic, and training officer with the Bridgeport Fire Department.
Even with the warm temperatures we're expecting this week, black ice can also form when temperatures are above freezing level. If the air temperature warms suddenly after a long period of below freezing temps, the surface of the roadway may still be below freezing and could form black ice.
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