White Snow, Black Ice: How to Stay Safe on Black Ice

Black Ice - Steve Lewis Subaru in Hadley, MA

Black ice is one of the many dangers associated with winter driving. This time of year is especially bad when it comes to this hazardous mix of ice, water, and snow, making it important to know how to react in such a situation. We’ve put together a post on how to stay safe on black ice.

According to WikiHow, black ice is similar to regular ice, but earns its eerie name from the difficulty in seeing it. Generally, black ice forms as a glaze over surfaces after light rain, snow, or sleet. It often forms without trapping much, if any, air, making it almost completely transparent.

The best way to stay safe on black ice is to know where it most often occurs. It frequently appears at night or in the early morning when temperatures are low. It forms on shaded parts of the road, as well as lesser-travelled roads. Bridges, overpasses, and other areas that are exposed to cold air also bring about fast-freezing.

While it is transparent, black ice can be detectable if you look right. It appears as a frozen sheet, so look for areas that are especially shiny. Most roads are dull, matte black; however, if you see light reflecting off any surfaces, take extra precaution.

Finally, if you do hit black ice, remain calm. Keep your wheel straight, and DO NOT slam on the brakes. Generally, a safe rule of thumb is to do nothing when you hit a slippery surface. You can lightly press the brakes, especially if you have ABS, and steer in the direction you are sliding if you are in a dangerous situation, as this will slow you faster.

Six Subaru Top Safety Pick+ Awards Recently Given by IIHS

2016 Subaru Forester

The Forester is one of six Subarus named Subaru Top Safety Pick+ for 2016.

Subaru recently earned six 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards, the highest honor given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Testing everything from front collision to advanced safety system technologies, the IIHS found that Subaru models are among the safest on the road.

According to Subaru, the six models that received recognition were the Legacy, Outback, Forester, Impreza, WRX, and Crosstrek. Only 48 models in the entire world received the award this year, demonstrating Subaru’s dominance when it comes to safety. The IIHS specifically recognized Subaru for the innovative EyeSight Driver Assist technology, an optional active safety system designed to alert drivers to possible dangers.

“We asked auto manufacturers to do more this year to qualify for our safety awards, and they delivered,” says Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “For the first time, a good rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test is a requirement to win, in addition to an available front crash prevention system.”

In order to earn the Subaru Top Safety Pick+ award, models must receive a rating of “Good” in all five areas of evaluation. When equipped with the EyeSight technology, models earned a “Superior” rating every single time.  The Top Safety Pick+ awards are just another thing that sets Subaru models apart from the competition.