Winter is around the corner, and temperatures are dropping. While Houston, Texas, and the surrounding areas aren’t known for snow mounds, there is another problem that comes with a Houston Christmas – black ice. LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair understands that driving on black ice can be unnerving, so we’ve laid out some tips to keep you safe this season:
- Look for Water Spray
While driving, be on the lookout for water spray coming from the tires of vehicles around you. If there is black ice on the road, you will see very little water coming up from tires, as the water is frozen on the road.
- Check Your Mirrors
Before driving, check to see if there is ice on your mirrors. To check for ice, run your finger over the front surface of the mirror. If ice is forming on your mirrors, then it is cold enough for ice to be forming on the roadways, and you should drive cautiously.
- Don’t Force the Steering Wheel
If you feel your car beginning to slide on black ice, it is important to remain calm and avoid over-correcting your steering wheel. Instead of pointing the wheel in the direction you need to be in, slowly turn the wheel in the direction you are skidding. This will help straighten the car back onto the road.
- Don’t Slam on the Brakes
If you are driving on a patch of black ice, it is important to not slam on your brakes to attempt to stop your vehicle. Abruptly braking can actually cause sliding to become worse. To avoid this, keep your steering wheel steady and fix your eyes in the direction you want your vehicle to move.
- Ease Off the Accelerator
When you feel your vehicle caught on a patch of black ice, it is best to reduce your speed. A car running at a slower pace is easier to safely control. It is important not to jerk your foot off of the accelerator, as this can transfer too much force and make the situation worse. Instead, remain calm and ease off of the accelerator slowly and smoothly.
- Get a Seasonal Vehicle Checkup
With black ice on the road, you want to ensure your vehicle is performing at the best of its ability. Take your car to a reputable auto care center, such as LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair, for a seasonal checkup. By doing this, you can ensure that everything in your car is in good working order and not in need of any major services.
Winter in Houston, Texas, and the surrounding areas can be beautiful, but it can also pose dangers when it comes to driving. LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair can help get your car ready to safely drive on black ice this season. Give us a call at (281) 651-7766.