Definitely that time of year, where black ice is a reality for #Sooke drivers.
Here’s what ICBC has to say on the matter.
Excerpt from ICBC warning drivers to prepare for winter conditions across B.C. this long weekend (linked below)
“If you skid or hit black ice: Black ice is virtually impossible to see ahead of time. That’s why it’s so important to slow down and keep your distance from other vehicles – so you can see how the vehicles around you are moving on the road. At this time of year, black ice often forms as snow begins to melt during warmer daytime hours and is commonly found on roads with shaded areas, bridges, overpasses and intersections where car exhaust and packed snow freeze quickly. If you start to skid, ease off the accelerator and look and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go. Be careful not to over-steer and don’t brake – this could make the situation worse. You may need to repeat this manoeuvre several times until you regain control.”
Excerpt from “ICBC’s top tips for smart winter driving”
“Slowing down gives you more time to see the road ahead and to anticipate potential hazards. As the snow begins to melt during warmer daytime hours, black ice becomes a potential hazard. It’s virtually impossible to see ahead of time, and that’s why it’s so important to slow down and keep your distance – so you can see how the vehicles around you are moving on the road.
“While it can be a natural reaction to slam on the brakes, the best thing you can do if you do encounter black ice is to try to slow your vehicle down to regain traction by easing off the accelerator. If you need to use the brake, be aware of the differences between using standard and anti-lock brakes (ABS). For standard brakes, pump them gently; for ABS, apply steady pressure and you’ll feel the brakes pulse (this is normal).”
- ICBC warning drivers to prepare for winter conditions across B.C. this long weekend
- ICBC’s top tips for smart winter driving