MEDFORD, Ore. – Slick roads may have played a role in the Northern California pileup. Black ice can form quickly on wet roads when temperatures drop below freezing.
Black ice is a common culprit for car crashes this time of year but experts say tire pressure and tread can make a big difference when behind the wheel. Black ice gets its name from forming on top of roads and blending in with it’s background, making it hard for drivers to spot. Experts at Ed’s Tire Factory in Medford urge drivers to check their tire pressure and tread depth before hitting the road this winter.
“Being worn down there’s fewer edges to bite and the other thing is the tire as it gets older, it gets harder. It gets harder from day one and when that rubber gets harder it slides on wet pavement or ice,” explained Ed’s Tire Factory owner, Ed Miller.
Experts say studded tires may not be the best option for Oregon drivers who may only occasionally drive on ice. Experts say these tires have a tendency to slip on wet roads because of their metal studs. No matter what tires you have on your cars experts recommend slowing down and taking precaution when driving on icy roads.