Snow Safety: 5 Tips for Maneuvering Through Snow this Winter
I’ve lived in three different climates in my lifetime. I’ve lived in a place that only saw snow once my entire childhood. A place that saw a bit of snow in the winter time. However, there were long periods of time where it was only cold. Lastly, I currently live in a place that has seen snow constantly since the end of fall. Living in all three of these places has taught me how important it is to be prepared for snow. Not just your wardrobe. You need to be prepared for how to live your life with snow. Snow safety is crucial for living in a place that see’s snow. Even if it’s only a little bit of snow at a time. Here are 5 safety tips for maneuvering through snow this winter!
1. Drive Slower Than Normal, Even When It’s Not Snowing
It’s important that you drive safely in any type of weather. However, the roads are more slick and dangerous when the weather is bad. You’ve probably heard that driving in the rain makes the roads more slippery. The same goes for snow. Heavy snowfall can make it difficult for you to see the road. Also, snow makes the roads slippery. Even if it’s not snowing, you should still drive slower than normal. There could be ice on the road that your car might slip on. Also, after it snows, the snow turns to mush. Then, the mush becomes muddy and makes the roads slippery. Even when it’s not snowing, that roads can still be dangerous. Driving slower than normal will help you to keep your eyes on the road. Also, it’ll make it easier to control your car if it does spin out.
2. Check Before You Step
It’s important to watch where you’re walking, especially in the snow. There are three main things you need to look out for when walking in the snow. First, watch out for ice. It can be tricky to spot where the ice is. Therefore, you should take caution and test the ground before you walk. Second, keep an eye on the ground so that you don’t step in a puddle or run off. Nothing is worse that a wet shoe. Especially in the cold weather. Third, make sure you know how deep the snow is before you walk in it. I’ve stepped in snow that I thought was ankle deep. Well, it turns out that it was knee deep. That’s hard to recover from.
3. Cover Up
If there is snow, then there’s also cold weather. Make sure that you wear layers. This will protect you from the snow falling. Also, it’ll keep you warm the day after it snows. You might not know this, but the temperature is colder after it’s done snowing. The snow clouds help to keep the weather a little warmer while it’s snowing. Not necessarily warm, but warmer. Layering your clothing is important if you’re exercising outside, or just walking down the street to get your mail. Children should wear snow pants if the snow is deep. Also, make sure your top layer is a bright color. This will help cars and others to distinguish you from the snow. This will keep you and other people around you safe! If you don’t have any snow shoes, you should invest in them. They’re the best way to keep your feet warm and dry!
4. Invest in an Ice Pick
Nothing is worse than going outside to see that there’s a pile of snow and ice on your car. Especially, when you need to get somewhere. You might be tempted to wipe off the snow and try and drive with ice on the back window. Please, don’t do this. It’s not worth the risk. If you can’t see out your back or front window, then you can’t be a safe driver. Even if you think you can. An ice pick is a great way to chip away the ice on your windshield. It may take a little bit of time. However, your safety and other people’s safety is worth it. The defrosting feature on your car isn’t a suitable substitute for chipping away ice. It'll help to get rid of it. However, if you don’t do your part, then it’ll take up to 10 minutes for the ice to defrost.
5. Make Sure Your Car is Winter-Proof
Your car is important. You need it to travel to work, travel to school, and get groceries. Therefore, it’s important that your car is ready for the winter and the cold weather. Make sure that you have a car battery that can last in low temperatures. Also, most tire shops will look at your tires and make sure that they’re ready for winter. Your tires are the most important part of your car. If your tires are bad, then you’re more likely to slip and skid on wet, snowy roads. So, as a final tip, make sure that your car is ready for the snow and for the winter!
Snow Safety Tips: Conclusion
In conclusion, snow is a tricky beasts to defeat. You can’t always avoid it. When you can’t avoid it, then embrace it. There are a lot of different things that you can do to be proactive about the snow. I hope that these 5 tips help you to maneuver the snow safely. Snow safety is important and I hope you stay safe this winter!