CAUGHT OH CAMERA: Black ice accidents

3:20 PM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO - Driving on a cold, frosty day can be dangerous because of a culprit called "black ice."

Black ice is a term given to a thin layer of ice on the roadway. Because the layer of ice is transparent, this allows the color of the asphalt to show giving the ice a black appearance. Hence the term  "black ice."

There is no difference between ice and black ice. Black ice forms on a road when drizzle or light rain falls and the temperatures is below freezing. Because the ice is transparent, you can't see it until it is too late. A car loses traction when the tires hit the ice, sometime causing the driver to lose control.

Bridges and shady areas are prone to black ice.

There is no full-proof way to prevent accidents caused by black ice, but you can slow down when approaching intersections and off-ramps especially when conditions are prime for black ice forming.


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