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UPDATE: Freezing Rain Causing Road Hazards, Walt Whitman Bridge Closed

If you have to drive, here are some tips for how to handle black ice.

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch

UPDATE: The Walt Whitman Bridge has been reopened.

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Freezing rain is causing difficulties on roadways this morning.

The Walt Whitman Bridge was closed following an accident shortly after 8:30 a.m. Conditions across South Jersey are reportedly dangerous in several areas and authorities are advising motorists to wait until mid-morning to travel. 

There are multiple crashes and road delays. Please use caution when traveling to work and take your time. Black ice is forming on roadways from the rain and can cause vehicles to slide and have trouble stopping.  

Here are a few tips on how to drive on black ice:

  1. Drive slowly – The best way to avoid skidding out of control is to operate your vehicle at a slower speed.  A slower speed will even give you more time to react to the effects of black ice
  2. Don't slam the brakes - While it may be a natural instinct to slam on your brakes, this will only cause your car to lose control and slide even more. Tap the brake pedal lightly instead of pushing down hard on it.
  3. Maintain a safe following distance – In situations like this, you need to extend you following distance to ensure you will have ample time to react to the motorist ahead especially if they begin to lose control.
  4. Look for trouble spots ahead - If you have an idea that there may be black ice ahead (if you see cars ahead of you sliding, for example), downshift to a lower gear before you come onto the black ice. The lower gear will force you to drive more slowly and it will give you better control of your car.
  5. As soon as your car begins to slide on black ice, take your foot off the gas pedal - In fact, the last thing you want to do is give your vehicle more gas. It is very important to slow down when you are driving on black ice or in any other winter road conditions.

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