A A A
    by: Reilly Brennan, AOL Autos
     

    We're big proponents of the preparation that should go into your winter driving strategy.

    There are small seasonal things you can do from a maintenance front and there are mundane (but often forgotten) steps such as cleaning off all the snow from your vehicle before you go for a drive.

    All will help the car, but in the end the best preparation you can give yourself is a mental one. Driving during inclement weather requires focus and attention unlike other times of the year, not only for the control of your own vehicle but for the possibility that other cars near you on the road could lose control. You need to anticipate all the different scenarios and do that which you can to eliminate or minimize them.

    That being said, sometimes the weather's just too much. Sometimes the ice is too thick, the visibility is limited and there's little else to do but park your car and wait it out.

    A new video that's been making the rounds on the internet is a good example of how some people continue to think they can outdrive their environment. Some conditions just aren't made for driving, no matter your skill level behind the wheel.

    Check out this recent clip taken above a public square in Paignton in England.

    The Paignton video brings up other moments of ice shenanigans that have captured our attention over the years.

    Ice driving pinball in the American northwest:

    A reminder of the dangers of ice building over bridges

    In The Netherlands, where the ice "takes over" around :52

    Black ice in Korea


    Read More:

    - Winterize Your Car
    - Winter Tires 101
    - LED Traffic Lights Won't Melt Snow

    Quick Shopping Tools:

    Research New Cars

    Cars for Sale in Your Area

    Get Repair Estimates

     
    Discuss
    1 - 20 of 44 Comments
    evertonfchoward Feb 09, 2010 10:34 PM
    whatever aol
    Report This
    evertonfchoward Feb 09, 2010 10:33 PM
    i didnt realize T-O B-E-T and C-H-I-L-D-I-S-H and P- U-******* would be censord
    Report This
    evertonfchoward Feb 09, 2010 10:30 PM
    ok, the best thing you can do is not lock up your tires by stepping on the brakes, once you loose your front tires your not going to be able to steer. even if you have abs, your tires can still lock. And here's the last problem i have, people with 4 wheel drive. 4 wheel drive only works if you have a few things; 1 tires, if your tires are bald its not going to make any difference. 2, just because you have 4 wheel drive does not mean you are invincible. the next time it snows take a count of how many cars you see that have been off of the road that have 4 wheel drive, and im willing to ******* more then you think. you have to know how to use it effectively and going a thousand miles an hour is not it. the bottom line is that you should really find an empty parking lot and figure out what your limits are and what the limits of the car are. even if it sounds *********** is really important to know how far you can ******* and what works and what doesnt so you wont be surprised by a real situation.
    Report This
    tt1mich Jan 05, 2010 10:40 AM
    It's foolish to think you can drive on ice at even slow speed. The only way that someone can move on ice with precise directional controls is wearing ice skating shoes. I live in Michigan for over 2 decades and I know what icing road conditions means!
    Report This
    mpgarr59 Jan 04, 2010 6:37 AM
    Most of these vids prove-----in certain conditions----the only thing to do is "SLOW DOWN!!!" I am pretty confident of my own drivnig skills---but it is because it seems so many people don't use common sense--when the driving conditions are iffy-----I prefer to just stay home if at all possible. Obviously----unless the authorities have issued one of those orders that no one but emergency vehicles can drive or people who man places like hopsitals--you need to get to work--but when its bad outside--don't expect you can wait till the last damn minute like usual and hauliing ass----you need to leave WWWWAYYYY early and drive slow--better to get there late than not at all--you don't do your employer any good if you are taken out of your car in a body bag!!
    Report This
    bawannajack Jan 04, 2010 5:03 AM
    What is it with these spell check freeks! Anyways, I am a trucker and deal with insane weather all the time. One thing I don't mess with though is ICE!
    Report This
    darkearthspirit Jan 04, 2010 4:58 AM
    I have lived in northern Michigan all my life, and have been driving on snowy, icy roads for forty years. The term 'black ice' seems a term of recent years. Though there are times it is better to stay home when the roads are bad many of us do not have that option. I work for a utility and have to work in all weather, and at all times of day. Over the years one does learn many things about ice driving. Different temperatures cause different degrees of slipperyness. The two biggest ways to stay safe are to slow down and to keep distances between all vehicles. Sometimes slowing down can mean slowing down to a few MPH under the speed limit, other times it can mean slowing down to a crawl of 10 MPH. Worse than ice is blowing snow that limits your visibility. That is much worse!
    Report This
    wdiggums Jan 04, 2010 4:32 AM
    blizzak and or x-ice tires would make those things drivable if they had to be
    Report This
    rogerhambak Jan 04, 2010 2:22 AM
    Hay dakota 5469, you also missed out on the spelling of CHIEF! Wake up! TEE HEE. Talk about the baited barbed hook with the juicy worm. Tell me are you American as well?
    Report This
    dakota5469 Jan 04, 2010 2:09 AM
    I just love when people such as "rogerhambak" write comments about editorial spelling errors and the use of spell check but yet forget to use spell check when making comments. Not sure what actully is, but I am sure you meant actually. Perhaps you could carpool with Reilly to school.
    Report This
    rogerhambak Jan 04, 2010 1:05 AM
    Does the "editor -in-cheif" Reilly Bennan really mean INCREMENT which means small increases? Or actully INCLEMENT which means bad weather? I do not suppose spell check would have helped, perhaps he should go back to school!
    Report This
    reziter Jan 04, 2010 12:50 AM
    these are perfect examples of when nobody should be on the roads
    Report This
    skv2e Jan 04, 2010 12:41 AM
    and also, rwjkgnford, the descriptions of the videos are obviously at the top of the videos, not the bottom. use common sense.
    Report This
    skv2e Jan 04, 2010 12:34 AM
    TDOT (the truck with the arrow pointing the wrong way) and interstate 65 are both in tennessee.
    Report This
    hod524 Jan 04, 2010 12:25 AM
    the worst videos here are obviously on cobblestone, which I know from experience is probably 10 times more slippery than paved roads.
    Report This
    nadiacedillo78 Jan 04, 2010 12:16 AM
    rwjkgnford, I don't know which videos you are watching but the second one clearly states ********* in the American Northwest. I am assuming you meant the third one on the bridge where it doesn't tell you where in the world the video was taken. I don't think it's Texas since clearly the license plates are not from Texas. There is a sign with Interstate 65 it seems which does not go through Texas. I live in Texas and try not to drive when there is sleet, snow, or ice. I'll admit that I do not drive well on ice but no matter where you are from no one knows how to drive on ice. Some people are morons plain and simple. They think that if they can drive in snow they can drive in anything.
    Report This
    joannevlavender Jan 04, 2010 12:16 AM
    Well, here's a candidate or two for the Darwin Awards...fortunately for them, the awards won't be assigned posthumously. I cannot think of any driving condition worse than black ice, unless it's hydroplaning. There is no traction between your tires and the road. You have no steering control. And yet, people try to drive as if the road conditions aren't treacherous.
    Report This
    hoptoad4 Jan 04, 2010 12:02 AM
    It's not "increment" weather, it's "INCLEMENT" weather.
    Report This
    orangie198490 Jan 03, 2010 11:58 PM
    ok lets try this.. a c c i d e n ******** c h
    Report This
    orangie198490 Jan 03, 2010 11:57 PM
    we lost two words in that post i did not sure why and those words are (where the stars are) ***************
    Report This
    1 - 20 of 44 Comments
     
    Leave A Comment?
    Please keep your comments relevant to the Video Proves Black Ice Isn't Drivable article.
    ABUSE REPORT

    From:

    Your Comment:
    Send Report Cancel