Stay safe while driving on black ice

  • Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
2:06 p.m Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 Austin360 Home

When winter hits, some of the country can deal with the aftermath of the snow and ice, while other areas, where snow is infrequent, may need a refresher on how to drive in what Mother Nature drops.

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One situation that can catch even the most seasoned driver off-guard is encountering black ice. 

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For those unfamiliar with black ice, it’s a very thin coating of ice on a road. It technically isn’t black, but is so thin and transparent that drivers can’t always differentiate between wet or icy roadways.

Esurance reminds that black ice usually forms at night or early morning and is barely noticeable until it is too late and after drivers have potentially lost control of their vehicles.

So how can you protect yourself, your passengers and your car when there’s a potential for black ice? says know where it can form like bridges, overpasses, shady areas and roads that don't’ get a lot of traffic. compiled a list of AAA recommendations: