CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The roads are no longer covered in snow, but drivers might be waking up to another problem Saturday morning – black ice.
If you plan on driving Saturday, you might want to take a look at the pavement before getting in the car.
We have noticed patches of black ice on some of the streets in Chicopee, which can be extremely dangerous for drivers.
Franklin County, Hampden County, and Hampshire County are all under a black ice advisory Saturday morning.
This specific type of ice can be extremely dangerous because it blends in with the road, which means it’s difficult to spot.
Black ice can form when the temperature is 32 degrees or colder outside.
Since cars can’t gain traction on ice, AAA says it’s even more dangerous than snow.
If you’re driving Saturday morning, you’ll want to keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.
Black ice is most likely to form in shaded areas, like bridges and overpasses. These areas tend to freeze faster, since they don’t always get sunlight.
Although you can’t always see black ice, there are warning signs you can look at out for.
Look for water spray coming from the tires of your car or other cars around you. If the pavement looks wet, but there’s no water spray, you could be driving on black ice.
Another tip is to feel your outside mirrors. Ice usually begins forming on the edge of your side mirrors if the temperature is cold enough to freeze.
If you are driving this morning and hit a patch of black ice, AAA says DO NOT slam on the breaks or make any sudden movements with the steering wheel. Your best bet is to take your foot off the accelerator slowly, and reduce your speed as much as possible.