Here’s Your Refresher Course for Driving in New Hampshire During the Winter
If you've lived in New Hampshire for any amount of time, you know some of our roadways can be really tricky to navigate, especially during the winter months. Black ice for instance, is extremely dangerous mainly because you can't see it until it's too late.
An article from Triple A offers some black ice driving tips. Always a good idea to take a minute or two to read over some of the suggestions.
- Pavement with black ice will be slightly darker and duller than the rest of the road surface.
- Use extreme caution on bridges and overpasses, which typically freeze first and melt last.
- Never use cruise control.
- Avoid unnecessarily changing lanes, which increases your chances of hitting a patch of ice between lanes that could cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
- Drive, turn and brake slowly, adjusting speed to road conditions and leaving ample stopping room.
- Avoid braking on ice. If you approach a patch of ice, try to brake in advance and control the skid by easing off the accelerator and steering in the direction you want the front of the car to go.
- Use your low-beam headlights.
- Remember, four-wheel drive doesn’t help you stop any faster.
- Keep a winter-weather kit in your car, containing an ice scraper, blanket, flashlight with extra batteries, bag of kitty litter, shovel and charged cell phone, as well as reflective triangles or flares, cloth or paper towels and jumper cables.
You can get the entire Triple A article here. It has some really helpful information.