No Matter How Good You Are or Your Car Is, Black Ice Should Be Avoided Page 2

January 4, 2010

2010 Lincoln MKS 4-door Sedan 3.7L AWD Rear Exterior View

Do you think my boss would let one of the van drivers take me home? No, they were more important, I guess in moving him home, so they dropped me at my car and despite the double vision, I struggled home in the land ark. I did take the next day off.

Valuable Lesson

But, it taught us a valuable lesson, no matter how much you plan, no matter what steps you take, no matter how good a driver you think you are, black ice is nothing to be toyed with.

Our friends at AOL Autos agree with this assessment. Indeed, they put it in as strong terms as we put it when then said and we're paraphrasing sometimes the weather's too much, the ice is too think and the visibility is too limited to drive safely. When it is, park it and wait.

We also have an area of agreement that we really think doesn't go far enough. AOL believes that you need thorough preparation and focus to drive properly in winter weather. We'd take that a step further and say it should be the watchword any time of year.

Let's face it if you've had a period of dry weather when tire dust and oil and other nasties have a chance to get into the first couple of inches of the road surface and when that dry spell breaks, what do you think will be coming out of the roadway first? All the junk that's been deposited in dry weather. This can turn the road surface into the equivalent of black ice for an hour or more, depending on traffic. You can always tell if this is the case by watching the tire wakes of the vehicles in front of you. If you see what looks like washing detergent bubbles following vehicles ahead of you, you can be certain that there's a layer of crud floating on the road surface and that the surface is probably just like black ice so the best solution is either to wait a bit and drive on.

Caution Needed All Year

The same is true of wet leaves. In the fall, piles of leaves at intersections can appear dry, but if you were to dig down to the bottom, you'd find a layer of wet leaves that, when you hit your brakes hard, will become just like ice, so you have have to be prepared then, too.

Today's Lincoln's like the MKS have rides and handling packages that are light years ahead of the Town Cars of the 1970s, but, when there's black ice around, even the best ride and handling package won't do anything if you start to skid. You'll find your new MKS is the equivalent of a pool ball and the other cars on the road are also in play.

The best idea here is park it and wait it out.

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