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When Should You Be Concerned About Black Ice?

Black Ice Driving Cherry Hill
Buying a car might be one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do, but it could also be one of the toughest decisions you’ll ever make. People buy cars for many reasons, but safety is usually one of the primary factors considered. Even though we don’t often think about it this way, operating a motor vehicle is actually one of the most dangerous things that people regularly do.

In fact, car accidents accounted for nearly 40,000 deaths in the United States in 2011. Although accidents are generally caused by operator error, they sometimes result from an unsafe, malfunctioning, or low-quality vehicle. If you want to be prepared for a worst case scenario, buy from a reliable and trustworthy dealership and manufacturer to save you any headaches down the road.

What is black ice and why should I care?

Black ice is a general term used to describe thin, transparent ice patches that are often found on paved roads. Black ice is appropriately named that way because it is nearly invisible to the human eye, and you can see the dark-colored street right through it. Since the layers of ice are so difficult to spot, people often forget to salt the roads where black ice exists.

The lack of salting not only leaves them there to cause potential harm to oblivious drivers, it also sends no signal to oncoming drivers to reduce their speeds for the hazards ahead. Black ice commonly forms when light rain comes into contact with the surface of a road that is already at under 32 degrees Fahrenheit, freezing it immediately.

So when should you be concerned about black ice? Always. Black ice can form on any surface when there is precipitation on a cold day.

What can I do to protect myself against black ice?

The best course of action is to take preventative measures. You don’t always know that black ice is present, so being wary and driving carefully is the best defense. It is always a good idea to go under the speed limit when roads are visibly wet or covered in snow or ice. Accelerate slowly and brake gradually.

Pumping the brakes is the best way to stay in control when you need to reduce speed on a slippery surface.

In addition to careful driving, you should always use a vehicle appropriate for the weather and terrain. Its not very practical to drive a sports coupe offroad or a heavy-duty 4×4 around town everywhere you go.

You should pick the right tool for the job. When it comes to finding the right car for handling black ice and other wintry conditions, Cherry Hill Nissan has just what you need. This family-owned dealership has been in business for over 27 years and continues to provide the New Jersey area with one of the most extensive line-ups of Nissan vehicles around.

If you want safe and affordable, test drive the Nissan Rogue with its 5-star crash test ratings at Cherry Hill Nissan. This multi-purpose vehicle is suited for taking on black ice, winter weather, and so much more. If the Rogue doesn’t suit your tastes, there are plenty of other capable cars to choose from.

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