Tips for Driving in Icy Conditions

Friday's icy conditions caused more than 200 car wrecks in and around Lubbock. Here's what you need to know about driving in tricky conditions.

Friday's icy conditions caused more than 200 car wrecks in and around Lubbock. The Lubbock division of the Department of Public Safety says they've had their hands full.

"Black ice is probably the worst thing we have around here, because you can't see the ice," according to Cpl. John Gonzalez of DPS. "You see the black roadway, but you don't see the ice on the top of it. So, people tend to overdrive their abilities in the vehicle, and then they slam on the brakes and lose control."

If you get caught in black ice, Gonzalez says don't slam on the brakes.

"Let off the gas. Don't oversteer your vehicle," he says. "People tend to try to turn right, then they try to turn left and then all of a sudden they're fishtailing. Let the vehicle catch up to itself."

And before you even hit the road, make sure your car is ready.

Terry Duncan manages the O'Reilly Auto Parts off Lubbock Business Park Blvd. He says his store has already sold out of De-icer. They've had to order in some from Dallas, which won't arrive until tomorrow.

But even De-icer doesn't always do the trick.

"De-icer is meant for taking off light ice, not the heavy stuff we had this morning with the freezing rain," Duncan says. "Really the only way to get it off is to scrape it off."

So if you have to de-ice the old fashioned way, you should start your car about 15 minutes before you leave.

"You definitely don't want to put hot water on the ice on the windshields," Duncan continued. "You'll break the windshields that way. That's a no-no."

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