AAA: Black ice a threat in wake of snowstorm

Across Long Island, county police departments reported a combined 24 weather-related accidents just Friday morning.

News 12 Staff

Feb 19, 2021, 11:19 PM

Updated 1,251 days ago

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As the snow moves out and cold temperatures move in Friday night, experts say ice is something drivers need to be aware of.
Robert Sinclair, with AAA, says black ice causes many accidents on roadways during and after big storms.
Across Long Island, county police departments reported a combined 24 weather-related accidents just Friday morning.
"If the pavement looks wet and there is spray coming up off the tires of the vehicle in front of you, it is just wet. If there is no spray coming up off the pavement and the pavement looks wet, it's ice. You need to be very, very careful," says Sinclair.
AAA reminded drivers on icy roads to accelerate and brake gently, looking further down the roads for trouble. They say to avoid using cruise control and remember that bridges and overpasses will freeze first.
"If you do go into a slide, look and steer into the direction that you want to go in," says Sinclair.
It's a state law to have fully cleaned vehicles and windows of any snow or ice before hitting the road. Failing to do so can result in a fine.
"It makes sense because you get chunks of ice and snow flying off of your vehicle when you don't clear it off on to the windshield of another vehicle, which can blind someone," says Sinclair.


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