ᴿᲤᲤᲗᲮẦᲚẦᲗ! 9 tips for winter weather safety on the road and at home

Traveling in winter weather?

Here are some tips to help you stay safe on the road and at home:

1. Slow down!

The roads will be congested. More than 5,000 road deaths occur each year due to weather conditions.

2. Increase the next distance

Allow five to six seconds between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. This extra space allows you to stop safely if another driver suddenly brakes.

3. Clean your car

Make sure your car is completely free of ice or snow before you start your journey. Snow flying from cars causes accidents.

4. Tell someone

Tell someone where you are going and what route you will take. If something happens, this person knows where to start looking.

5. If you slide

If you are driving and start to skid, stay calm, take your foot off the gas and turn the wheels in the direction you want the front of the car to go. If you have an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply constant pressure to the brake pedal. Never apply the brakes on a vehicle equipped with ABS.

6. Take care of the trees

Do not park cars under trees.

7. Charging

Keep your electronic devices charged – as ice storms can cause power outages.

8. Watch your step

Wear shoes that provide traction and avoid heels.

9. Be prepared while walking

Take short steps or shuffle for stability. Bend forward slightly and walk with flat feet, center of gravity as straight as possible. Take your hands out of your pockets. Prepare to fall.

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