Motorists warned of black ice risk

The increased risk brought on by winter driving has been highlighted again by a string of crashes in and around Orange, NSW this week, most of which were caused by black ice.

"Anyone travelling through the Central West needs be mindful of the extreme risk posed by ice on the road surface and drive to the conditions," said Canobolas local area command duty officer Inspector Gerard Powell in a statement released July 8.

Black ice tends to occur when moisture from car exhausts condenses and settles on the road. It is often transparent and therefore hard to see as it reveals the asphalt underneath.

If you are concerned about the risk of black ice and want to ensure your drivers are safe, and that any damage resulting from in incident is minimised, then a fleet management service might be the ideal option for your business.

By providing 24/7 roadside assistance as well as accident management services, a fleet management solution can ensure that your company vehicles get back on the road faster.

Inspector Powell recommends that drivers watch their speed, brake and accelerate gently, take care overtaking and take particular care when driving at night, dawn or dusk.