Could You Drive An 18-Wheeler Through Black Ice?

Winter weather has pummeled the U.S. this season, from record-low temperatures to paralyzing winter storms. But ice may be the most dangerous of winter conditions, estimated to kill 400-500 motorists each year. When ice freezes on the cold asphalt, it’s nearly invisible to the driver, forming a slick death trap that’s the #1 killer on winter roads.

An all-new Do Or Die takes on black ice, putting you behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler that starts to skid across the highway. When the truck’s wheels hit the black ice on the road, the static friction under the wheels disappears. With no grip on the road, it’s like the truck’s sliding on an oil slick.

So what would you do if you hit ice? Accelerate? Brake slowly? Or take your foot off the gas?

Tonight, Do Or Die explores this dangerous real-life situation – and determines which option would save your life. Watch what happens tonight at 7P.

Watch a truck’s skid on black ice come to life:


  1. sena
    February 9, 2014, 8:45 am

    it must be immpossible to drive in this weather.

  2. anontrucker
    May 22, 2014, 7:35 pm

    Correct answer is C, but an even better answer would be: D) Don’t be on the road