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winter driving, icy roads, DuPage County car accident attorneysAs the calendar flips over to December, winter is just a few short weeks away. For many in the Chicagoland region, this means increased driving in much more dangerous weather conditions. According to most sources, this year’s winter will not be as brutally cold as last year, but the area will certainly get its share of ice of snow. To avoid falling victim to a weather-related car accident, it is important to take the time to review some safe winter driving practices.

One of the most dangerous of all winter weather conditions is black ice or glaze, or a layer of a thin sheet of ice that appears rather dark and often misinterpreted as only wet when in all actuality, the smooth surface is deceivingly ice, often causing drivers to experience the loss of traction and control of the vehicle.

Possibly the best advice for such adverse winter driving conditions is to avoid unnecessary travel but if you do need to venture out, the following information on how to handle encounters with black ice may decrease your chances of becoming involved in an unavoidable car accident.

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During the winter season, black ice is a phenomenon that makes the roads much more dangerous than during the summer. According to research based on news media reports, there can be upwards of 400 deaths as a result of icy roads each winter across the country. Winter road conditions can increase the chances that you might be involved in a serious car accident. Knowing how to handle your own vehicle can help you stay in control.

Black ice can happen when freezing precipitation makes the road just look wet as opposed to coated in ice. It’s hard for drivers to tell the difference, which means that some might drive at a normal speed without their full attention on the road. Another danger of black ice is that it can be patchy over the course of a road, making it difficult to control a vehicle that suddenly enters a patch of black ice.

Those drivers who don’t proceed carefully can make the roads much more dangerous for everyone, because everyone should approach winter conditions with caution. Even individuals with a lot of experience with winter driving should be prepared to slow down or pull over if necessary. Black ice can even cause your car to spin out of control at speeds as low as 10 miles per hour.

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