YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Black ice caused several drivers in and around the Youngstown are to lose control of their vehicles Monday.
And while no one was seriously injured in those accidents, black ice can be a serious concern. When it comes to driving in winter, it’s the dangers you don’t see that can get you in trouble.
“You don’t see it. It’s black because the pavement is black. So it’s transparent,” WKBN Meteorologist Rich Morgan said. “You see the pavement–you don’t see the ice. And this is why we have many accidents.”
Police said the driver of one car in Youngstown lost control and knocked over a light pole, exposing live wires.
Police in other departments also had to deal with icy roads.
Monday’s weather created perfect conditions for black ice.
“Black ice is something that can occur in rain or snow. The main factor is the temperature. If the temperature is at freezing or below you’re going to have black ice,” Morgan said. “And I’m not talking about air temperature, I’m talking about the temperature of the roads. If the roads are at freezing and precipitation hits the roads it will cause black ice.”
Police say when black ice is on the road, drivers have to be extra careful.
“Pay attention to how that vehicle in front of you is operating,” Austintown Police Lt. Tom Collins said. “You can see when you’re going down the road how that vehicle starts to slide out of control. There’s obviously a reason why.”
If you do lose control, don’t panic.
“When you start going into a skid or a slide, you want to take your foot off the gas and slowly apply pressure to the brake,” Collins said. “It’s a natural reaction, you want to slam your foot on the brake, but all you’re doing is causing your vehicle to slide out of control.”