How To: Avoiding Black Ice Accidents

Stay safe on winter roads with these safe driving tips.

Icy roads are one of the most dangerous driving conditions you can run into. Unfortunately, you can’t always see the ice on the road before you hit it. To help you stay safe each time you get behind the wheel this season, keep these black ice safety tips in mind.

  • Slow down – the slower you drive on icy roads, the more time you will have to react to any dangerous situations. Keep in mind that posted speed limits are meant for perfect weather and road conditions.
  • Avoid the roads – if you are not comfortable driving on winter roads, don’t. The less you are on the road, the less likely you are to get into an accident.
  • Wear your seatbelt – each time you get into your car, you should put on your seatbelt. While your seatbelt is important at all times of the year, it is especially vital during the winter months with dangerous road conditions. Wearing your seatbelt can significantly reduce your chances of death due to an accident.
  • Check the weather – before you head out on the road, take a look at the weather forecast. If a big storm is in the forecast, consider moving your plans so you aren’t on the road. If you can’t change your plans completely, at least try to avoid the roads in the early morning and night.
  • Brake with ease – slamming on your brakes is typically your first instinct when you start sliding on the roads. However, slamming on your brakes is the complete opposite of what you should do. If you feel your car start to slide on black ice, take your foot off the gas and continue steering and looking where you want to go. Once you feel your tires regain traction, lightly put pressure on your brakes.

For all of your auto insurance needs to keep you safe on Texas roads this winter, contact VGW Walker Insurance.