For many people, walking around is something that won't stop because of the wintry weather. Instead, they will continue to use this method of getting around, even if it is only walking from their vehicle to a store. No matter how often you walk around during the winter, you need to make sure that you are staying as safe as possible.
There are several things that you can do to boost your safety when you have to get out and walk. Make sure you consider these tips to get you started:
Choose the right gear
The gear you use when you are walking around can impact how safe you are. You need non-slip shoes or boots that can help you to keep traction on the snow or ice. Your shoes should fit snugly so that your feet don't shift inside of them. Choose a pair that has deep tread on the soles of the shoe so that they can grip the ground.
If you are worried about still being unsteady on your feet, you can bring a walking stick or cane that can help you to walk. Make sure that there is a good rubber or silicon grip on the bottom so that it doesn't slide when you put pressure on it.
People tend to think that only drivers need to avoid alcohol. This isn't the case. People who are walking around need to avoid alcohol because any level of impairment can impact cognitive ability and thought process. If you are impaired, you might fall in the path of a moving vehicle or stumble while you are walking. Additionally, alcohol might make you feel warmer, but it actually lowers your core body temperature. A lower body temperature can lead to hypothermia.
Watch where you are going
Pay attention to the surfaces where you are going to walk. Typically, snow will afford you more traction than ice. If the surface goes from one type of covering to another, you need to make sure that you account for that while you are walking. You should also beware of changes in the height of the surface so that you don't end up getting tripped.
If you do slip and fall while you are walking, pay attention to how you feel. If you notice any indications of an injury, seek medical care. This can give you a treatment plan and other information for the injury you suffered.