Joplin Police Warn of the Dangers of Black Ice
Emergency road conditions in Joplin have been lifted as of around 4pm, but police still warn of hazardous driving conditions
Most roadways are clear but wet, and there is worry that with the cold they will freeze over making driving dangerous.
Anytime there’s rain or precipitation with below freezing temperatures there’s a risk for black ice, after the moisture refreezes.
“When there’s black ice on the road, the best thing to do is just stay home, just stay off the roadways. You can’t see black ice for the most part. The roads look wet, but it’s not. If you are traveling and trying to get somewhere, getting home from work, increase your traveling, following distance, and time between motor vehicles to ensure that you don’t slide into someone,” says Joplin Police Corporal Clay Collard.
If you do lose traction and start to slide, it’s important to not break immediately and ride out the slide because your breaks and tires can lock, taking away your control.