Experts explain how to drive on black ice

Experts explain how to drive on black ice

NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - As the winter storm begins to make its way to Eastern North Carolina the snow and ice covering the roadways can pose a serious threat to you and your vehicle.

Experts said the best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all. Anyone driving on the roads is warmed to be cautious and alert for the possibility of hitting black ice.

"What you'll see on the road is, you'll see a little gray area that doesn't match the color of the road," Doug Amerson with Lookout Driving School in New Bern said.

He said if you hit black ice, avoid pumping the brakes when you feel your tires losing traction.

"The first thing you want to do is take your foot off the gas pedal. You don't want to hit that brake," Amerson said.

He said when you're on ice, hitting the brake could lockup your tires.

"If you lockup your front tires, you'll have double the chances of not being able to steer where you want to go," Amerson explained.

He said if you feel the back end of your car sliding left or right, make a very gentle turn of the steering wheel in the same direction. Amerson said if you try to struggle against it by steering in the opposite direction you risk skidding or spinning out.

"The best way to remember this is to turn in the direction you want the front of the car to go," he explained.

The general rule is to do as little as possible and allow the car to pass over the ice.

"The best position is to have your hands at nine o'clock and three o'clock on the steering wheel," Amerson said.

Instead of the traditional ten and two o'clock, Amerson said it's more affective when trying to gain control.

Experts said be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination if you have to drive on the roads. Also you should keep a minimum three-car length when following behind another vehicle.

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