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What to Do When Your Car Loses Traction

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While it is best to be able to recognize threats from afar and avoid them, sometimes circumstances forbid such anticipation. Such is the case with black ice, which by definition is transparent and sometimes unavoidable. Thus, it is important to know what steps to take to protect yourself from black ice conditions.

• Know where to expect black ice. Be aware of locations where black ice is most likely to accumulate—generally bridges and overpasses where air can circulate above and below the pavement.

• Know when to expect black ice. Black ice generally forms in the early morning and evening, when temperatures are changing most significantly.

• When you do hit black ice… 

  • Remain calm
  • Do not hit the brakes
  • Try to hold the steering wheel straight
  • If the back of your car slides left or right, turn the wheel gently in the same direction
  • De-accelerate by removing your foot from the accelerator
  • If you can, shift to low gear
  • Turn on your emergency lights and try to move to an area of traction away from traffic


If you are injured in an accident caused by another driver in which black ice is viewed as a contributing factor, your interests will be best represented by a firm that not only understands the law, but medical terminology, conditions, and procedures as well. To provide for your representation, contact Dover so that we can begin the process of getting you back on the road to recovery.

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