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Basic safety tips for driving on black ice

In the wintertime, far too many Connecticut drivers experience that awful sensation of feeling their cars slip and swerve on icy roadways. Thankfully, most motorists regain control of their car and proceed to their destination. But, for some, this slippage and swerving can cause fatal accidents. One of the culprits of an icy roadway is the condition known as black ice. So, here are a few driving tips from the American Automobile Association that can help motorists avoid sliding on roads coated with ice.

One of the best tips from AAA is that drivers should always be aware of the situations that they are driving in. That means that during the winter months, drivers should always be on the lookout for black ice. Roads that are covered with black ice will be somewhat duller and darker than other road surfaces. Drivers should also know what areas commonly have black ice, namely overpasses, bridges, highly shaded areas and roads that are not frequently used.

Drivers should also drive slower while on overpasses and bridges because these areas often freeze first and thaw last. Drivers should be cautious because even if the roadway leading up to the bridge or overpass is fine, the bridge or roadway can still be completely frozen. Motorists should not use cruise control when road conditions are not optimal.

Drivers should also remember to adjust their speed to the current road conditions. This means that in hazardous weather conditions where black ice is common, motorists should turn, drive and brake slowly and leave up to three times the normal stopping distances in order to avoid an accident. They should also be watchful for cars that are using their emergency flashers and brake lights.

Motorists should also keep an emergency weather kit in their car. However, any Connecticut resident who has suffered an injury due to the negligence of another driver may want to speak with a personal injury attorney in order to determine if there are legal avenues that need to be examined further.

Source: cars.com, "Don't Let It Slide: Heed AAA's Black Ice Driving Tips," Accessed Feb. 7, 2016

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