Adverse weather accounts for a one fourth of car accidents in the United States, and more
than 70% of winter deaths are attributed to car accidents while driving in snow or on icy roadways.
ome of these dangers are invisible and many drivers are unaware on how to identify them. Black ice is
frozen water that is not easily identified by drivers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, black ice is the most dangerous winter driving hazard.
When driving in winter weather or on black ice, make sure your tires have good traction. Always drive
slowly and stay alert. Prepared yourself and your car for winter weather before driving, equip your car
with an emergency kit; include a flashlight, jumper cables, emergency phone numbers, durable work gloves,
multipurpose tools, and windshield de-icer. The following resources provide important advice for staying safe
while driving in the winter.