How to protect yourself from black ice on winter roads

A look at how to stay safe and avoid spinouts that could take you by surprise with icy and dangerous driving conditions.
3:28 | 12/26/19

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Welcome back to "Gma." We're taking a look at how to stay safe on the road this winter. Icy conditions are already causing trouble, and black ice is especially dangerous. Gio Benitez has another look at how spinouts can take you by surprise. Good morning. Reporter: They can, Diane. Good morning to you. We can't stress it enough. Black ice can be deadly, and that's because you can't see it until you're already on it. We're showing you our slippery test drive with the experts for a very important driving lesson. Take a look. It's a worst-case scenario. Vehicles losing control. Look at that car. Reporter: This deputy nearly hit by an out of control car in Wisconsin. To find out how debiliting black ice can be -- The vehicle can spin out. Wow. Reporter: -- We head to Milford, Michigan. They have tiles to simulate icy road conditions like black ice, snow and slush. Essentially a runway to put its vehicles through the worst winter has to offer. This is a Chevrolet engineer and he says some of the scary spinouts likely occur in older cars without anti-lock brakes or stability controls. For our first demonstration, we intentionally disabled those systems. I'm only doing 30 miles an hour. Right. But if I slam on the brakes, we can see with no system active, you can see that I don't have any control. I'm just sliding no matter what steering input I'm in. You're turning the wheel and nothing's happening. Correct. What should people do when they are on the road and they see this black ice and they hit the black ice? You can drive across this slippery surface with very light throttle inputs, very slight steering inputs and the vehicle doesn't spin out of control because there's nothing upsetting the vehicle. Reporter: When you do need to turn, no matter what kind of car you're driving, Josh says to perform one action at a time. While still in a straight line, gently press on the brake to slow the vehicle. Once at a safe speed, release the brake and then make your once the wheel is straight again, that's when you accelerate. Steering combined with braking or accelerating, increases chances of losing control. One at a time. Reporter: You want to steer calmly in the direction you want to go. If the rear of the vehicle is moving to the right, you want to steer to the right. Reporter: Now we reactivate the anti-lock brakes and the stability control. That tells each wheel when to brake. Now required on all cars and most trucks and SUVs built after 2012. I'm steering and the vehicle is going where I want it to. I'm not going out of control. When you start to turn, that's when you start to go out of control, and the system is activating and keeping the car pretty much in control. Reporter: But Josh warns, no system is foolproof. His number one tip for all drivers? A simple one. If conditions are inclement out there, go slow. Use those soft movements and leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of up. This is something you don't think about. Don't use cruise control if black ice is a concern. You want to be able to control that car, and you want to be able to slow down wherever you want. It's so scary when it happens because you just -- you panic. You don't know what to do. So important to give people those tools, gio. Don't panic. Just go slow. If you go on a road trip, you're driving, all right? Deal. Thank you so much.

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