Top Tips for Avoiding Snow Related AccidentsFebruary 14, 2019
Winter months are in full swing, which for many areas of the country means snow…and a lot of it. While snow can be beautiful and enjoyable for winter recreational activities, it certainly can make driving, walking, and even playing significantly more dangerous.
The combination of snow and ice make for slippery surfaces everywhere. Whether you plan on driving in snowy conditions, walking to the store, or participating in winter activities (ice skating, sledding, snow skiing), it is important that you take certain safety precautions to avoid getting injured. Following the tips below can help you stay safer when you head out into the snow and avoid snow related injuries while driving, walking, or playing.
Driving in snowy and icy conditions can be particularly dangerous especially if you are unprepared. To avoid a snow-related car collision, take time to check your car. Make sure your brakes are working, your tires are in good condition, and your windshield wipers are functioning. Always give yourself extra travel time when driving in snowy conditions to avoid speeding. Check ahead to see if getting to your destination will require snow chains (particularly if you are heading to the mountains to ski). Avoid following other cars too closely and begin stopping sooner than you would in normal conditions—this can help you avoid rear-ending another car or sliding through a stop sign.
Even walking can be dangerous in snowy conditions—in fact, slip and fall accidents are one of the most common winter injuries. If you are heading out by foot in snowy or icy conditions, make sure to wear good shoes. Try to take a path that will allow you to walk on a cleared side walk. Be sure to pay attention to where you are walking. While businesses have the responsibility to clear walkways, use salt to melt ice, and mop up wet entryways, it is possible for them to miss something, so pay attention to where you step. Give yourself extra time to get places to avoid rushing—a slip and fall injury is sure to slow you down.
Snow is most loved by those who get to play in it! Whether this means snow skiing, ice skating, sledding or simply building a snowman, snow can be very enjoyable. However, when recreating in the snow, it is still important to take precautions. Always follow safety measures already put in place in recreational areas—follow ski lift rules, ice rink rules, etc. When participating in sports that could result in falling (skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling), wear a helmet. Be aware of others recreating around you to avoid any type of collision. Wear proper snow gear.
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