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Be Cautious of Ice while Walking or Driving

If there is one thing people everywhere dread during winter, it is the road and sidewalks. Walking and driving during winter exposes you to harsh weather conditions and adverse elements that can potentially put you (and your loved ones) at risk. We all know that the number of roadside accidents makes an exponential increase during winter that is why it is important – now more than ever – to keep an eye out for some of the most common winter hazards.

Be nice, clear your ice. This not only helps pedestrians but also the emergency workers that may be responding to your home or work site.

Layer Clothing. Build breathable (cotton, wool) clothing layers to include thermal underwear, undershirt, track suits, sweaters, snowsuits, winter boots, hats, mittens and scarves. Exposed skin can become frostbitten in as little as 30 seconds, always cover exposed skin especially when the wind is a factor. Sitting on cold pavement or concrete can increase the risk of hypothermia. Sitting on a blanket or portable seat will limit the risk.

Have a safety kit in your car. A first aid kit, safety triangle, booster cables, gloves and hats, non perishable snacks, blanket, and candles would be a great start to protecting yourself while travelling. If you do find yourself suddenly in the middle of a blizzard storm, the safest thing you can do is to remain inside your vehicle and keep yourself warm while waiting for the storm to lose its momentum. Use your body’s natural heat and avoid blasting the heating system so as not to stress your car’s battery and engine. The only time you should leave the confines of your vehicle is when you have to place triangle reflective stands to warm passers by.

When driving on snowy or icy roads, keep in mind that it takes longer for vehicles to stop. Reduce your speed on slippery roads and give yourself plenty of room to stop. The freezing temperature brought about by winter can do a whole lot of damage to your car’s inner workings, especially if you are driving an older model. Avoid winter breakdowns (and the stress) by getting your car checked. Have your local repair shop check on everything –from the external lights to the engine. They will be able to tell you what needs replacing and what needs tuning up in order for your car to handle the cold.