Old Man Winter Has Arrived

Posted on 1/14/2019 2:15:02 PM

With the frigid temperatures and recent snow fall, it’s safe to say that Old Man Winter has arrived! And that can bring hazards. Whether you are walking or driving during the winter months, it’s best to be prepared so you stay safe.

Walk Smart

As a pedestrian, be aware of your surroundings at all times.

  • Wear brightly-colored clothing.
  • Stay on sidewalks whenever possible; but, if you must walk on the road, travel as close to the road shoulder as possible and always walk facing oncoming traffic.
  • Check the weather before you leave, and dress appropriately. Snow boots or tennis shoes are the best type of shoes for the winter weather.
  • Take your time, and don’t rush.
  • Before crossing a street, look left, right, and then left again to check for traffic.
  • Always cross a street at an intersection or crosswalk.
  • Navigate the sidewalk or road for any ice or uneven surfaces.

Drive Smart

Injuries during the winter aren’t always from slipping on ice, but can also result from car accidents. Be prepared by following these winter driving tips.

  • Remove ice and snow from all windows, mirrors, and lights.
  • Avoid using cruise control in wet, icy, or snow conditions to maintain control of acceleration and deceleration at all times.
  • Make sure all lights are working and are turned on.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers work properly.
  • Allow yourself extra driving time.
  • Beware of black ice, and slow down before intersections, off-ramps, or bridges.
  • Reduce speed to avoid slipping and sliding.

This message brought to you by the Emergency Management Office.