Walking in the winter in Maryland can be an adventure, especially if there’s snow on the ground. However, this is a time of the year when accidents could occur that are weather-related due to slippery conditions on sidewalks and other surfaces. The following are a few tips that could help you stay safe.
One of the ways to decrease the risk of pedestrian accidents is to remain as visible as possible to drivers and even people who might be walking with you. Reflective gear can be used on your gloves, coat or another article of clothing as this can create a shining effect while walking. If you’re walking at night, consider carrying a flashlight so that you can clearly see the road in front of you and so that drivers can see you.
Since snow can begin to pile up along the sides of roadways and close to sidewalks, try to walk on sidewalks or other designated pathways instead of right along the side of the road. These are areas that are typically safe from drivers. If you do need to walk on the side of a road, walk in a direction that faces traffic so that drivers can see you ahead of time. Crossing at crosswalks can also decrease accidents in the winter as these areas are typically cleared quickly to allow for the safety of pedestrians.
Although it can be fun to walk in the snow or to venture out of your home to see the sights of winter, it’s also important to try to be as safe as possible so that you’re not injured.