VIDEO: Driving instructor shares black ice tips

Posted at 7:13 AM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 08:43:21-05

With conditions right around freezing Wednesday morning, black ice is possible.

Sarah Plake spoke with professional driving instructor Butch Hudson with Gear Monkey CDL Training about what drivers can do to stay safe on the slick roads. 

He gave the following advice:

  • Don't make abrupt movements.
  • Steer your car where you want it to go.
  • Don't floor the gas when you get stuck. Lightly touch the gas instead.
  • Don't slam on the brakes.

Watch the video in the player above for more info.

Additionally, the Missouri Department of Transportation offers the following tips for driving safely in winter weather:

  • Turn on headlights to see and be seen.
  • Avoid quick starts, stops and fast turns. Accelerate, brake and steer smoothly and gradually.
  • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas- they may freeze first.
  • If vehicle begins to skid, steer in direction of slide and slowly remove foot from accelerator.
  • Share your travel itinerary so others know when to expect you.
  • Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
  • Keep additional distance from other vehicles, keeping at least three car lengths behind the vehicle in front of you.

See the full list of tips here.


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