About black ice
What is black ice?
Black ice is actually invisible ice that is almost totally transparent. It can easily catch drivers off-guard and cause crashes.
How and where does black ice form?
Black ice forms when the air temperature is warmer than pavement, which causes moisture to rapidly freeze and creates a thin, transparent layer of ice on the roadway.
What can I do to be safer?
- Slow down on bridges, overpasses and tunnels, and in the early morning when the air temperature is rising faster than the pavement temperature.
- Avoid applying brakes on ice as it may cause a vehicle to skid.
- Do not use cruise control during winter driving conditions.
- Use a safe speed for winter driving conditions, regardless of the posted speed limit.
- Keep a safe stopping distance from the vehicle in front of you.
- Do not use a cell phone while driving and remember that texting is prohibited while driving in Minnesota.
- Keep both hands on the steering wheel, your eyes on the road and your attention on your driving.