a reply to: ketsuko
That is all true.
Our thing down here is that we just don't expect it, and, more importantly, I guess that the City that is supposed to lay down sand (and ice
preventing chemicals) the night before, didn't expect it either.
I have driven hours in black ice a few times, and I am from Texas, but, aside from practice it does help to either stay home, of, if you have to go
out, make sure you leave plenty of room ahead of you, and try to do the same behind you.
One Friday I left work 30 minutes early so I could get a head start on my 1-1/2 hour drive to my lake cabin, as I got on the Interstate I saw problems
up ahead, I got off of the Interstate and went around that problem. I got back on the Interstate and the traffic was all behind me, as far as I could
see was completely void of traffic, but it was solid black ice.
I drove cautiously for 7-1/2 hours to my cabin, remember, it normally took me 1-1/2 hours. I got 'almost' to my exit and a semi was in front of me in
the highway, it was slipping and sliding and not getting any traction, I somehow was the only lucky one that got around him, the other cars that were
behind me didn't get so lucky, they were all at a standstill.
I still had to drive 14 more miles and that was nowhere near as bad as that highway trip, but I did make it unscathed.
So, I know how to drive on black ice, but, if I had been around traffic I may not have been as lucky as I was, someone else could slam into me, no
telling what could have happened.
Not in all of my years have I ever had a bad time in ice or snow, but luck and I do know what to do when it comes to that stuff, well, I say that, I
mean, I have made it so far, I don't mean to infer that I am a pro.
Black ice is deadly I don't care who you are.
I am SURE that there are stories from people here that have went through some scary stuff, I'd really like to hear some too, maybe we'd all learn a
thing or two.