Perhaps you’ve heard the weather reporter warning about black ice, but don’t really know what that is. At Wink’s Ithaca Body Shop, we feel it’s important for you to know what it is so that you can be extra careful when driving in black ice conditions.
What is Black Ice?
Black ice is not much different than regular ice. The main difference is that this type of ice tends to blend in with the asphalt, making it much more difficult to see. Black ice usually forms when the temperature outside drops to 32 degrees or below. During the winter, freezing rain or sleet mixes with warm rain, which becomes icy as it hits the ground. Due to the cold air, frozen water creates a glassy sheet of ice over the sidewalk or road.
How to Spot Black Ice
Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca knows that black ice is notoriously difficult to see, unless you’re specifically looking for it. However, there are a few telltale signs. Listen carefully to weather reports in your area about freezing rain or sleet mixed with rain. If the temperature is in the lower 30s or below, this is your first clue of a possible black ice hazard on roadways.
Another way to tell is to go outside and check the sidewalk for patches of black ice. In general, most of the pavement is going to be dry, but you’ll see sections that have dark, glossy ice spots. You can bet that if there’s black ice on the sidewalk, it’ll probably be on the roads as well. Another place to check for black ice is driveways, or areas of pavement that are covered in shade.
Be Extra Cautious Driving in Black Ice Conditions
If you suspect black ice on the road, slow down and drive with extra caution. Black ice can cause your car to slide suddenly and veer sideways, or go completely off the road. Be particularly careful when driving on icy roads early in the morning or at night, when visibility for ice is at the lowest point. Also, drive cautiously while on bridges, overpasses and areas shaded heavily by trees. These areas are prone to developing black ice, because the rain freezes more slowly.
Should you inadvertently hit a patch of black ice while driving stay calm and:
* Keep your hands firmly on the steering wheel
* Gently lift your foot off of the accelerator
* Avoid over correcting the steering wheel during a slide
Call for Help When Necessary
If you end up in a collision due to black ice, stay calm and call for help. The important thing is that you and others are not hurt. Any damage done to your car can be fixed quickly and efficiently by calling Wink’s collision repair in Ithaca.
A fresh new year has arrived and you’ve got a list of resolutions to attend to that is sure to bring desired improvements in your everyday life. As is usually the case, New Year’s resolutions deal with personal issues rather than material ones. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t break with tradition just a little bit and add your car to that list of positive changes.
Why not get the year off to a rolling good start by taking your car in to your local Ithaca collision repair shop, Wink’s Body Shop?
Wink’s specializes in specialty auto body repairs and servicing for vehicles that have sustained either minor or major damage. January is a great time of year to take care of those chips and scratches in the paint job that are down right ugly to look at. It’s also a perfect time to get those dings and dents repaired. If you’re someone who always procrastinates when it comes to car repairs, make a resolution to end your procrastination now by taking care of these long overdue car problems with a visit to our Ithaca body shop.
Get a Brand New Paint Job
Are you sick and tired of looking at the damage done to your car’s exterior paint?
There was a time when you were proud to gaze at your car, because the color gleamed in the sun and there were no visible marks or blemishes on it. Those days are long gone and now you do your best to ignore unsightly missing paint chips and exposed metal surfaces. Sure, it’s cosmetic damage that you can probably live with indefinitely, at least that’s what you tell yourself. The thing about paint damage is that it never gets better – it only gets worse over time. Tiny circles of missing paint slowly grow larger, and the same thing happens with scratches. Exposed metal begins wearing down, and rust builds. Unfortunately, once rust gets going there’s no stopping it without professional assistance from a body shop.
So, you might as well limit any future damage to the exterior of your car by having our professionals at Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca make your car gleam like new again. We use the latest paint formulas and techniques when painting vehicles in our shop. We invite you to come in and chat with us about vehicle color options. We can match your car’s current paint, or you may decide to go with a new color choice. Either way, your car will look spiffy again.
Remove Dings and Dents
Dings and dents are the worst, because they stand out like a sore thumb whether your car is parked or on the road. If you’re like many car owners, you feel annoyed every time you look at that damage. Yet, your tendency to procrastinate seems to always get in the way of fixing those dents and dings. Well, it’s a new year and you have a new opportunity to finally take action.
Come into Wink’s Body Shop today and see why we’re a local leader when it comes to collision repair in Ithaca.