Winter Walking Tips
Walking outside in the winter may be refreshing. However, snowy sidewalks and icy streets can make walking a challenge and a hazard if you don't take basic precautions.
To protect yourself from injuries this winter, practice these safe winter walking tips at all times:
- Wear shoes or boots with non-slip soles.
- Wear reflective or bright-colored clothing, such as a hat or scarf, so motorists are better able to see you.
- Follow all traffic signs and signals.
- If you have to walk in the street, walk facing traffic and as close to the curb as possible.
- Before you step off the curb, make sure any oncoming vehicles have come to a complete stop.
- Be aware of your surroundings. A covered patch of ice or a pothole filled with snow may cause an unexpected slip or fall.
- Bend your knees a little and take slower steps to greatly reduce your chances of falling.
- Wear gloves to avoid putting your hands in your pockets.
- Avoid carrying heavy packages, which may affect your balance and block your view.
- If you are pushing a child in a stroller in the road, put the stroller in front of you and as close to the curb as possible.
- Dress children in reflective or bright-colored clothes.
- Hats or scarves that cover your ears can also distort or eliminate the muffled sounds of approaching vehicles. Keep warm, but make sure that you can hear what's going on around you.
- Always make sure you have a clear view of all vehicles, and make yourself visible to the drivers.
- Allow yourself extra time and stay as clear of the roadway as possible.