I like studded tires for black ice.... but you will still slide. Worst part is you have to avoid the other drivers who weren't prepared.
Nicely done.Yes, black ice takes a number of lives every winter. One of the best ways to neutralize it is to slow down but most folks haven't figured that out yet. There are definitely tires that are better for the job but again-most people think All-Season tires are just that. They are not. Bridgestone Blizzaks and Michelin X Ice radials are the best of the bunch but have distinct differences. Look before you leap. Black ice can occur most anywhere but is often more prevalent in areas that receive no sunlight in the winter. With no solar gain these areas freeze up earlier and hold ice longer. And of course black ice will occur when temps drop suddenly after a rain. Another place to look out for it is after a bright sunny day with temps falling rapidly after sunset. In places where there is snow on the ground and alongside the road the snow inevitably thaws and the water runs across the road. You might not be thinking of a frozen road after such a nice day but once the temp becomes freezing the hazard is ever present.
I live on the Frozen Tundra and have 5 months of this stuff every year. Where you are in the Banana Belt it is not nearly so serious. Buy a set of dedicated winter tires and wheels and get those crappy all season skidders in the garage where they belong in winter. Probably less than $1000 for both and your chances will be much better. Just one fender bender and the accompanying loss of use and inconvenience will make the expense of winter tires seem like mouse nuts in comparison.
Over here on the east side Spokane will be getting it's first snow in a few weeks and there will be dozens of accidents. People don't seem to figure out winter driving until about Feb it seems and by then the body shops are so backed up you won't get your car fixed till spring. It pays to have at least two rigs.....
And slow the F down.Sheesh! Okay, this is for real.
So shady areas and watch the dew point the night before. Got it.
Googling winter tires right meow.
Black ice also forms on top of overpasses. Cold air flowing over & around the structure can create conditions for black ice to form there more quickly than on the adjacent road surfaces.black ice may be under the overpasses and nowhere else so watch out for that.
Good advise. I grew up in snow and freezing rain snow melt freeze. Ice and snow are better than black iceIf you find yourself suddenly driving on black ice, about the only thing you can do is slow down to a crawl and don't make any sudden stops or stops. In fact, if you come to a stop sign or stop light and there is no cross traffic, very slowly keep moving. If you stop on black ice you may not be able to start again and your tires will just spin.
On the East side of the Cascades, black ice may be under the overpasses and nowhere else so watch out for that.
The one word to remember if you end up on black ice is "crawl".
I really, really hate black ice...
4x4 does nothing ....even a locking rear differential will not help once tires hit a slick no traction surface ...4wd might give a vehicle better traction but when the brakes are applied all vehicles are equal.
Excellent advise. Michelin winter tires or new MichelinSlow down and get some good winter tires if you're worried about .