'Tis the season to be jolly! And Aware!

'Tis the season to be jolly! This season is known for family gatherings, a time to reflect on one's gratefulness, a time for giving, and full of exciting resolutions for the New Year to come! It is the most wonderful time of the year, however, this holiday season, we urge you to stay slow down, and to stay tuned to your local weather forecast! According to Andrew Mussoline, AccuWeather's Senior Meteorologist, "Black ice forms when it's raining and air is at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit at the surface." Don't panic! We have some helpful tips for when you run into these slippery spots! 

  • During the day, the best thing to do before getting in a vehicle is to take a look at the pavement. If the pavement is dry but you are seeing spots of pavement that look dark and glossy, that is probably going to be black ice.
  • Before getting on the roads at night, drivers should be informed of the area's weather conditions, as black ice is hardest to see in the dark.
  •  If you do hit black ice, remain calm, and avoid overreacting.
  • The general rule is to do as little as possible and allow the car to pass over the ice.
  • Do not hit the brakes, and keep the steering wheel as straight as possible.
  • The most common places for black ice are shaded or tree-covered parts of driveways and roadways due to lack of sunlight. Because of their ability to freeze quickly, bridges and overpasses are also prime locations.


Stay safe, slow down, be aware and have a happy holiday from your Fred Martin family!


Links: https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/black-ice-driving-dangers/22052530, https://www.wikihow.com/Drive-on-Black-Ice


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