Thereâ€™s a reason itâ€™s called black ice.
Regular ice is a rather cloudy color, just sitting (lying?) on the road waiting to cause trouble. The cloudiness comes from air bubbles trapped in the frozen ice, like miniature cave men. If you run over the cloudy ice, it may have cracks in it or some other such distinguishing features. Ice is always cracking up over something.
Now, black ice is frozen (go figure), usually rather thin, and without many air bubbles trapped in it, causing it to take on the color of the substances itâ€™s frozen on top of. Since it is on top of pavement, dark in color (except where prohibited by law), it looks black.
Similarly, wet spots on the pavement look black. Water happens to also be transparent, without many air bubblesâ€¦unless youâ€™re boiling it. But seriously, letâ€™s try to stay on topic
The trouble comes when youâ€™re driving down the road and you expect youâ€™re just driving over a wet spot on the road. Instead, itâ€™s really black ice, and youâ€™ve lost your traction. If youâ€™re lucky, itâ€™s only a small spot in the road and then youâ€™re beyond it. If youâ€™re not lucky, you completely lose control of your vehicle and you wind up skidding into Canada, completely bypassing customs, which seems to really tick them off.
The solution: If itâ€™s below freezing outside, assume any dark patch on the road is iceâ€¦unless you see it moving, then assume itâ€™s a raccoon and feel free to speed up. But youâ€™re digressing. Again.
If safely possible, avoid the probable ice on the road. If not, realize that, when you are driving over it, you wonâ€™t have any traction. Therefore, try to avoid using your breaks or trying to turn, if at all possible, when driving over itâ€¦unless you enjoy aggravating Canadian customs.
This is my wisdom trying to help you out a bit here. Donâ€™t forget it.