Top Tips For Driving on Black Ice
London has been experiencing some serious snowfall over the last few days. This is great news for those looking to work from home but for those that drive for a living, like our very own PCO drivers, this is a very dangerous time to be driving and we ask all to drive with caution.
In our recent winter article (which can be found here) we looked at some of the key points of driving in winter and the conditions that come with it. Our focus is now on what comes in the aftermath of snow, which is black ice.
Once the snow has melted, it will cause the road surfaces to become wet. If the temperature drops below freezing while the ground is wet, black ice will form on paved surface. Black ice is described as a transparent coating of ice, especially on a road surface. It blends in with road pavements because it is so fine, making it almost impossible to see. it can still be slippery and lead to more accidents on the roads.
You must approach the roads with extreme caution should you wish to drive
Please see some of our top tips below
- Black ice is more likely to occur which at night and early morning. During the day time it’s usually warmer but that doesn’t mean that it wont happen so please take extra care
- If you see glossy/shiny surface that’s an indication of black ice
- Obvious one, but remember to clear the windscreen and lights before setting off. Use dipped headlights
- When moving off, only a light acceleration is needed, anything more and you risk skidding and losing control
- Due to the icy conditions, your PCO car will take longer to react, so you’ll need to essentially pre-empt any direction changes in advance by slowing down and avoiding any harsh movements
- Please leave 10 times the normal gap between yourself and the car in front. Please do not tailgate
- If you can try and drive over parts of the road with more traction
- When you’re driving, light steering is an indication that you’re driving through black ice
- If you encounter a skid, steer gently into it
- Take caution when driving through tunnels and over bridges as this where black ice commonly occurs
- Do not suddenly brake. Braking causes the vehicle to slide. Instead, take your foot off the accelerator to reduce speed
- If you’re driving an automatic PCO car, please take extra caution as these vehicles are more difficult to control in icy conditions
With train delays, cancellations and people generally using their car less, PCO drivers might see this as an opportunity to pick up more customers and boost their earnings but please note that driving in these current conditions is extremely dangerous and you risk injuring yourself or having an accident.
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