The scene from the movie ’27 Dresses’ where Katherine Heigl screams in panic,” We’re hydroplaning, We’re hydroplane.” Ever wondered what hydroplane means? Well, I didn't know what nor was I bothered to look it up. It was only when I moved to Canada, is when I learnt about hydroplaning and black ice.
Google said,'Hydroplaning' by the tires of a vehicle occurs when a layer of water builds between the wheels of the vehicle and the road surface, leading to a loss of traction and 'Black Ice' is a thin coating of ice on a surface. It is not actually black but almost transparent.
People out here warned me about black ice at the start of winter, and narrated a few of their accidents with the same. It seemed to me, that if a person has lived in Canada through the winter, he or she must have slipped and fallen due to black ice; mind you I speak of the careful ones too.
Now, we are towards the end of winter and the temperature has started to rise during the day causing the ice to melt and form small puddles. However, the water that does not evaporate, freezes at night forming black ice.
I've had my share of near misses in the last couple of weeks but luckily haven't fallen...yet. So to end this, I would say I had a good winter; my first experience with snow; other than just excitement.
Looking forward to what the next season this new country has to offer!!