How to stay safe from black ice

More than 1,300 people are killed in crashes on snowy, slushy, or icy roads every year

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – As snow from Saturday’s storm continues to melt and temperatures drop, drivers may encounter black ice on the roads Sunday night and into Monday morning’s commute.

It can look like a wet road, but it’s something far more dangerous. Black ice is a thin transparent sheet of ice that can be treacherous for drivers.

More than 1,300 people are killed in crashes on snowy, slushy, or icy roads every year.

What makes black ice so dangerous is, to the eye, it looks like wet pavement, but it’s a thin transparent sheet of ice that can be dangerous for drivers. Black ice forms when the road is wet and temperatures drop near or below freezing.

Jeremy Payson of Westhampton told 22News, “Even if you’re above 32 degrees, if it’s fractionally above, you just have to be careful and just mindful of it, and know when you’re coming around a corner, or going around a bend or downhill, you just have to be careful with it.”

Common places to find black ice include bridges, overpasses, and even your front steps.

Chief Steven Gaughan of the Hatfield Fire Department told 22News, “Pre-salt your driveways and your steps.”

Chief Gaughan also gave some driving tips for if you do encounter black ice. He told 22News, “The goal is not to accelerate, and not to lose control of your vehicle. If you do, turn into the spin, until the vehicle comes to a rest.”

Keep your steering wheel straight. Turning your wheel can cause you to slide or lose control of your car. You should also never brake. Hitting the brake can make your vehicle slide, or worse, you can lose control.

If you do have an accident and you’re injured, make sure you call for help.

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