Tips for Driving in Keene, NH

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Challenging roads during winter weather in New Hampshire are expected by Brattleboro drivers. Temperamental weather creating slick and icy roads create hazardous driving conditions for Swanzey residents. For help in navigating winter roads, Keene Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram created this guide for tips for driving in Keene, NH.


Slow Down

For safety, the first thing that should come to a Walpole driver’s mind is to slow down. Times to reduce speed are:

  • Snowfall: During any inclement weather, in general, you should reduce your speed. Slowing down during wet, snowy or icy conditions gives you more reaction time to avoid an accident.
  • Black ice: Intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shaded spots are excellent conductors for black ice, a thin coating of clear ice that is difficult to see.
  • Leave some room: Allow more space between your car and the car ahead of you, especially if it’s a snowplow. Winter road conditions create longer stopping distances.
  • Careful on turns: Take your time when pulling out, or merging, in front of oncoming traffic. Wet pavement will not allow you to accelerate as quickly as dry pavement.
  • Don’t cruise: Cruise control lessens your control over acceleration time – which you’ll need on slick wintery streets.

Driving Maneuvers

Sometimes, winter driving in Keene, NH requires fast thinking. Quick maneuver tips for driving in Keene, NH include:

  • Careful braking: Braking without skidding on winter roads requires extra time and distance. For anti-lock brakes, press the pedal firmly and hold. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, carefully pump the pedal. Never slam on the brakes.
  • Accelerate slowly: Start slow and avoid any abrupt steering movements
  • Look ahead: Look farther ahead in traffic. Other vehicles’ actions will alert you to problems sooner.
  • No distracted driving: No texting, eating, etc.

Be Ready for Anything

The number one tip for driving in Keene, NH is to be prepared for anything. Before leaving home, check the weather forecast. All snow and ice should be cleared from your car, including brake lights and turn signals. Give yourself plenty of time to get to where you’re going, and of course, always wear your seatbelt.

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