Handling black ice this winter season

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As we move into the winter months in Maine, one of several road hazards drivers need to watch out for is black ice. It can be dangerous and at times even deadly.

As early as Sunday night black ice was blamed for a two car crash that killed one man in Carrabassett Valley. That’s according to our media partners at Centralmaine.com. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA said black ice is “one of the deadliest of all winter driving hazards.”

State officials said its melting snow that runs across the road or condensation from dew that freezes forming a thin layer of ice and that it forms in late winter and early spring,

Black ice is already popping up on some Maine roads.

Officials said it can be mistaken for roads that look like they have been recently paved or roads that are wet.

Some things officials said to watch for are, bridges and underpasses, pavement that looks dark wet or like new asphalt and when the temperature drops below 40 degrees. 

Some things officials said you can do are to  slow down, drive with your lights on so cars will be able to see you and steer with smooth movements.

If you hit black ice and you skid, they said steer in the direction of the skid

For more information visit  the State of Maine Bureau of General Services website. 

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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