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Black Ice: Tips to Keep You Safe This Winter

Black ice, just the word can send a shiver up your back. Black ice is a hazard most drivers face here in Mississauga, ON. There are several helpful tips that can help you and your car stay safe on the road this winter.

Preparing your vehicle for snow, ice, and cold weather is key. You want to make sure that you have the correct tires for the conditions you are driving. This could be as simple as making sure your tires are up for the challenge of driving in a slippery mess like black ice. You want to make sure that the tread on your tires are in good condition. Worn tread can cause accidents in any weather, because of its lack of traction. This could mean the difference between gripping and slipping on the road.

Knowing what to look for on the road is also key to safety. Black ice is caused by a thin layer of water freezing and refreezing on the roads. If it has drizzled during the day and then gotten below freezing, that is a great recipe for black ice. You need to also be aware of the most common areas that you may encounter black ice such as bridges, overpasses, and spots on the road shaded by trees or other objects.

Turning your headlights on sooner when there is a chance of black ice can help you have better vision when you are driving and could potentially help you avoid driving over dangerous roads too fast. Driving slower when traveling on black ice can help you keep control of your vehicle.

If you do encounter black ice and can feel your vehicle slipping and sliding, DO NOT PANIC! Panicking is one of the worst things you can do when you are driving. You want to try and keep your vehicle on the road. If you do start going off the road try steering yourself towards things that will cause the least amount of damage to you and your vehicle. Ideally, steer yourself into an empty area like a field or yard.

Here at The Tire Terminal, we want to make sure you stay safe this winter. Let our knowledgeable staff help you with all of your tire and auto repair needs.  Stop by or schedule your appointment with us at The Tire Terminal today!