Black Ice - Everything You Need to Know by ICEGRIPPER
You’ve probably heard of black ice and the threat it poses to drivers and pedestrians, but what is it exactly? What’s the difference between regular ice and black ice? Should you really be concerned about it? To answer that last question, yes, you should be concerned about it!
Black ice is ice that’s developed on the surface of a roadway, or pavement. It’s transparent and takes on the color of the surface it’s on. Bridges and overpasses are particularly susceptible. Why? They not only cool from the top, but from the bottom as well. Cold air hits these structures from both directions, causing them to freeze way more quickly than normal roads.
Over 150,000 car crashes occur every year due to icy roads, and over 550 people die in these crashes. That means on a given year, black ice claims more lives than salmonella, which kills 400 people every year.(source: weloveweather.tv/black-ice)
If you are driving and find yourself sliding across dangerous black ice, what should you do? Take your foot off the accelerator and try to coast through. When you slide over black ice, you should immediately slow down your reactions and not make any quick movements. Slowly take your foot off the pedal, stay calm, and try to coast through without endangering yourself or others. Once your car slows down, it’s likely the tyres will be able to grip the road better.
But what if you are a pedestrian?
In our tests the most effective product to use on black ice (as well as transitional underfoot environments, typically found in the city/urban environment) is Diamond Grip. This is because the product relies on dozens of 'pin-prick' spikes evenly spread under the ball and heel of the foot. Unlike ice grips which rely on six or seven large 'teeth' style spikes, there is little or no underfoot roll or wobble when Diamond Grip encounters dry pavement or pavement with a very thin covering of ice, typical of black ice conditions.
At ICEGRIPPER we have tested hundreds of different ice grips, winter boots and associated winter products in a wide variety of conditions...
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