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Black ice is coming. It's only a matter of time

At this time of year, no one is really complaining about it being unseasonably warm. After all, the adjustment from fall to winter is not easy. However, the drastic change in temperatures from morning to night, as well as the melting snow, could lead to black ice on some roads.

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, black ice refers to the thin sheets of virtually invisible ice that can form on roads that could lead to terrible accidents; since many drivers may not see these patches until it is too late. As such, we find it prudent to remind our readers of the dangers that black ice can cause before our next weather system hits and temperatures drop below freezing again. 

Simply put, an ice patch can cause a tire to lose contact with the road and cause the car to slide unexpectedly. If the patch affects only one tire, this may not have any effect. But an extended patch could be dangerous if a driver tries to brake or correct a slide. It is these instances that lead to a crash

Essentially, most drivers know to slow down when it starts snowing, but when roads become icy, it may be difficult to tell what is simply a wet road and what may be an ice patch, especially in the early morning hours or at nightfall. With that said, reducing speed when road conditions become questionable is prudent. This can give you the extra split second needed to properly correct yourself in a slide, or to reduce the effect that an icy road may have. 

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