Monday, December 14, 2020

Keep Safety in Mind this Winter

Winter weather poses risks for everyone, whether you’re driving, walking or cycling. Icy streets and sidewalks, blinding snow and fewer daylight hours mean everyone has to be extra cautious — especially drivers.

Stay safe this winter by following these safety tips:

  • Slower is Safer — Take is slow and give yourself plenty of time to stop and maneuver when road conditions are poor.
  • Stop for Pedestrians – During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it can be easy to rush around. But don’t speed through crosswalks when pedestrians have the right of way, you could wind up facing fines and points on your license.
  • Focus on the Road – Avoid distractions. That text or email can wait. Keeping your eyes on the road will avoid a crash.
  • Remove Snow and Ice – Keep your vehicle’s windows and mirrors clean and always clear away snow. In New Jersey it’s illegal to drive with snow on the top of your vehicle. Snow falling from vehicles can be dangerous for pedestrians and other drivers.
  • Drive Sober – Driving under the influence is never worth the risk. The life you save could be your own.
  • Be Extra Vigilant – Shorter days and inclement weather can make it harder to see pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles.
  • Cross in Crosswalks/Intersections — Cross at crosswalks and intersections when possible. Crossing between parked vehicles or where prohibited, may inhibit a driver’s ability to see you.
  • Wait For the Walk – Sure it’s chilly out there, but don’t risk getting hit by a vehicle that doesn’t expect you to be in the crosswalk when you don’t have the right of way.
  • Avoid Distractions – Watching where you’re walking can help you avoid ice. Always look before stepping into the road to cross.
  • Look, Then Look Again – Wintry weather can decrease visibility. Look left, then right, then left again before crossing. Be careful when crossing driveways or alleys.
  • Walk Sober – Drinking slows your reflexes and can affect your ability to walk. Never drink so much that you can’t get home safely.
  • Use Lights – Shorter days mean decreased visibility. Install a front light on your bike to help you see and install a rear light to help motorists see you.
  • Check the Weather – Avoid riding in heavy snow and ice if possible. Try to wait until roads and paths are clear enough to travel safely.
  • Keep Your Distance – Ride at least a car door width away from parked cars.
  • Protect Your Head – A winter hat may keep you warm, but it won’t help you if you fall. Make sure you always wear your helmet.
  • Bike Sober – Avoid drinking and riding, you could hurt yourself or someone else.
  • Check Your Tires – Temperature changes can affect tire pressure. Ensure your tires are properly inflated before heading out for a ride.