Winter has officially arrived, sinking temperatures and covering surfaces in ice. Snow removal is an essential part of winter safety, but in some cases, you might inevitably wind up with patches of lingering snow and ice. Planning for the worst and expecting the best is the ideal cold weather mantra. Find out what safety measures you can take against the cold temperatures, icy winds, and snow.
Give Yourself Extra Time and Take It Slow
Drivers and pedestrians tend to go slow in inclement weather because the roads and sidewalks are icy, sometimes treacherous, and often crowded. It’s tempting to rush around as a result, but quell the urge. Giving yourself extra time to get from point A to point B will save you time and potential disasters.
In the morning, if you’re driving, give the car time to heat up. Start it a bit earlier so it will get warm, the snow will melt off the windshield, and you can easily knock snow off the hood. Leave a little early as well. Give yourself time to deal with slow school buses, snow plows, salt trucks, and other wintertime drivers.
Make sure you leave early when you’re walking anywhere as well. It’s a good idea to give yourself half an hour of extra time, but if that’s pushing it too much, try leaving at least fifteen minutes early. You don’t want to hurry and slip on ice or slush. Not only can you hurt yourself, but also you’ll end up being late anyway.
Plan Your Outfit Carefully
This is especially important if you’re walking in a winter wonderland, but it’s also essential if you plan to spend any time outside. If it’s cold where you live, dress for the weather. Make sure you have a thick winter coat, gloves or arm warmers, a scarf, a hat, and earmuffs. Always wear shoes or boots with thick, sturdy tread, as well. It’s a good idea to save the fancy shoes for your destination. Don’t forget thick socks, boot socks, or leg warmers, too.
Equip Your Car Inside and Out
How’s your car stocked for winter? Pack smart, so you’re prepared for anything. Extra water is always a good idea, and never forget to pack a first-aid kit in the glove compartment. Rock salt, blankets, flares or flashlights, extra chargers, and an ice scraper are big must-haves, too. It’s also a good idea to get your car winterized as soon as possible.
Become a Dedicated Weather Watcher
Watch the weather reports for your area. Keep an eye on several local forecasts to get a clear scope of what’s coming. Take a look at the big weather channels, as well. That way, you’ll have a broad picture of the predicted precipitation for the week.
Keeping yourself safe in the winter isn’t hard, it just requires some forethought and planning. Get some help shoveling your driveway and sidewalk and ask the professionals for advice about conquering the weather.