5 Winter safety tips for pedestrians

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2022 | Personal Injury

Sometimes, it is better to leave the car at home in the winter. After all, driving on snow and ice can be dangerous. When this happens, you will probably find yourself walking to your destinations.

If you plan on walking this winter, you should follow these safety tips to keep yourself accident-free.

1. Phone

Do not use your phone while walking. Stand still if you are going to take pictures, and always remain aware of your surroundings.

2. Visibility

Wear bright colors to ensure you are visible while walking. If you do not have brightly colored clothing, try adding reflective tape to your jacket. If you want something less permanent, use brightly colored tape and remove it when you arrive.

3. Shoes

Much like driving safely in the snow, walking requires the right treads for the weather. You also want to make sure your shoes are warm, so your feet do not hurt in the cold. Additionally, if you are walking long distances, you will wish to supportive shoes.

4. Planning

Plan your day so that you do your walking during the middle of the day. That puts you outside when it is daylight, and fewer cars are on the road.

5. Packing

You can also decrease your risk of falling by traveling with lighter loads. That means you should not carry a heavy bag. If you have to go shopping, it might be better to take a bus or drive. If you have to walk with a load, be careful not to step on ice or snow.

Even if you follow all of these tips, you can still have accidents while walking in the winter weather. If that happens, see if you are eligible for a personal injury claim.

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