Five Tips To Keep You Safe While Walking In Cold Weather
As cool October days turn into cold November nights, going for your daily walk may become a little less safe than it was just a few short days ago. Unfortunately there are quite a few ways to get injured when you are out walking in the colder weather. Whether you find yourself with a Connecticut slip and fall injury or you are involved in a Connecticut pedestrian accident, the colder weather could mean trouble if you’re not careful.
Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and even when the weather gets colder it can be a great way to get out, reduce your stress, or even get from point A to point B. If you are not taking the necessary precautions though it can also lead to a difficult injury or worse even, death. Here are some tips that you can take with you when you go for a walk when the temperatures are dropping.
- Be on the lookout for wet roads or sidewalks. When the weather is colder a wet road or sidewalk may actually mean black ice and could present a hazard to you as you walk. 2. If you can, walk during the day. Even though the days are getting shorter each and every day throughout the month of November, the most dangerous time to walk is at night, so if you can avoid it, you should.
- When walking in the dark always wear reflective clothing or add reflective tape to your clothing so you can be seen.
- Use a sidewalk or crosswalk. The best way for traffic to see you is if you are safely walking on a sidewalk or at a crosswalk. Given Connecticut’s new pedestrian laws you should be much safer at a crosswalk then in previous years.
- Wear the right clothing. When the weather is colder it is important to wear clothing that will keep you warm, but it is also important to be able to see clearly without obstruction. Often winter clothing can be bulky and impede your ability to see when walking. You should try to strike a balance so you can see well and also remain warm.
The colder weather should not be a reason to keep you from walking and getting the exercise you want or need. It can be more challenging to stay warm and to stay safe when the weather gets colder, but taking these precautions will help you avoid a Connecticut pedestrian accident and also a Connecticut slip and fall injury.
If, despite taking the above steps you find yourself in a situation where you are injured you may need an attorney to review your case. Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will work with you to protect your long-term interests.