How to Drive on Black Ice in New Ulm, MN | Luther Mankato Honda

Winter brings many hazards for motorists, especially in Minnesota. One of the most dangerous is black ice. 

What is black ice? It’s a transparent coating of ice that forms on the road when the air is 32 degrees or below at the surface and rain is falling. This creates a slippery, treacherous surface for tires. When you drive on it, you’re at the mercy of your vehicle. 

Unfortunately, you cannot always avoid black ice, but you can avoid a crash by applying a few tips from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Luther Mankato Honda, your top Honda dealer in New Ulm, MN, has compiled a few of the department’s winter driving tips below. 

Where is black ice? 
Black ice likes to collect on bridges, overpasses and tunnels, and anywhere that has cold air passing under it. It’s also prevalent on roads near bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. It’s important to drive slowly on icy and snowy roads, but even more critical to slow down before you hit these trouble areas. 

How close do you travel? 
Other cars can become a hazard on roads with black ice. This is why you should keep a large gap between you and the car in front of you. This will give you time to react if the motorist in front of you skids or stops suddenly. 

What should I do when I skid? 
If you begin to skid, take your foot of the gas pedal. We know it’s an instinct to hit the brake, but you don’t want to give your vehicle more gas when you’re on ice. 

Should I use the brakes? 
Hitting your brakes on black ice is a no no. It’s the quickest way to go spinning out of control. It’s better to keep a slower, constant speed. When you need to use the brakes, tap them lightly. Do not use cruise control.

Luther Mankato Honda, your top new Honda dealership in New Ulm, MN, proudly serves the St. Peter, MN, St. James, MN, Mankato, MN, and New Ulm, MN areas. We pride ourselves in our Honda service in New Ulm. Our lineup of new and pre-owned Hondas for sale in New Ulm, MN is sure to impress.

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