CINCINNATI, Oh. (January 12, 2019) – As the first significant snow storm of the season continues, AAA is sending out important safety tips for pedestrians on how to walk safely in snow and ice.
“Inclement weather not only impacts motorists, but also travelers who walk or ride the bus,” said Jenifer Moore, AAA spokeswoman. “It is important for pedestrians to know how hazardous conditions can impact their travel and plan accordingly as well.”
AAA tips for walking in snow and ice:
- Delay. Consider delaying your travel plans until the storm passes.
- Plan ahead. Walk consciously on icy sidewalks and parking lots. Look up to see where the next icy spots are and be aware of any vehicles near you.
- Wear proper footwear. Wear shoes with heavy treading and a flat bottom that place the entire foot on the surface of the ground.
- Be visible. Wear bright and reflective clothing that can help you be seen by drivers. In addition, stay in well-lit areas, especially when crossing the street. According to NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 32 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occur between 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
- Listen. Avoid listening to music or talking on the phone while walking in icy or snowy conditions. Pedestrians need to be able to hear approaching traffic or other noises.
- Take steps slowly. When walking down steps, take them slowly and deliberately. Plant your feet securely on each step and be sure to have a firm grip on the handrail.
- Don’t jaywalk. Only cross at intersections with traffic signals, marked crosswalks or stop signs.
- Make eye contact with drivers before stepping off the curb. Slippery road conditions means it may take drivers longer than usual to stop. Wait until vehicles have come to a complete stop before starting to cross the street.
- Enter buildings slowly. The floors of buildings may be covered in melted snow and ice, so check the entrance and try to step on any rugs in the doorways.
- Avoid shortcuts. A shortcut path may be dangerous because it is less likely that snow and ice removal occurred.
- Look up. Be aware of what you’re walking under. Falling snow and ice can cause injuries.
AAA provides automotive, travel, and insurance services to 59 million members nationwide and more than three million members in Ohio. AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years. AAA is a non-stock, non-profit corporation working on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel, and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app (AAA.com/mobile) for iPhone, iPad and Android. For more information, visit www.AAA.com