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What to do if you hit black ice on the roads

Black ice can happen anywhere the conditions are right. But bridges and overpasses are especially prone.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Black ice is a clear glaze of ice on the roads you can't see.

It forms as wet roads turn icy when temperatures drop and even a little dew can cause black ice. It can happen anywhere the conditions are right. But bridges and overpasses are especially prone.

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That's because that you've got cold air flowing below and above the pavement. Shaded spots on the road are problematic as well since they don't get sunlight. 

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What to do if you hit black ice today? Steer straight. Any sudden turns and you can lose control.

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And it might be tempting to break, but that too can cause sliding.

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Instead, keep a slower speed and now more than ever, keep a good distance between the car in front of you.

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