Driving On Ice

(better known as BLACK ICE as it is hard to see or detect)

Wet or snow covered roads will freeze over creating ice at low or near freezing point.

This is not easy to see and you need to be well aware of the hazard Ice or Black Ice can cause.

Detecting Black Ice is not easy, but certain circumstances can indicate Black Ice maybe present.

This will be in gullies, on shaded roads and around corners. The sun may turn the ice to water during the day but as soon as the sun disappears and the temperature drops - ice will form. Be aware that ice is more likely to be found near water ways rivers creeks and lake areas and on smooth surfaces. Course tar sealing may change to smooth tar seal with little warning. Many country bridges are blanked with timber which wears smooth – these to are likely spots for ice to form as are concrete road ways.

Often smaller stone chip is sprinkled on the road to help break up ice. Remember - Ice is worse than wet roads - so be warned.

  • Driving on Ice - New Zealand 4WD HireDrive with a light foot with no sudden changes in accelerating or braking.
  • If you feel the car sliding ease back off the accelerator pedal and maintain steering.
  • No sudden jerking on brakes or steering.
  • Braking should always be gentle and light.
  • Steer into the slide to maintain best control and keep larger distances between you and any other vehicle.
  • Slow down well before corners.
  • Travel during the warmer part of the day and if you need to travel at night then be prepared for ice.

Safe driving.

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