Snow is officially starting to be part of the weather forecast, so residents should start preparing.
From driving to just walking along a sidewalk, when snow is on the ground, things can get slippery. There are some precautions we can all take to ensure that we have a better chance of making it from one place to the next safely.
Before we get full on into snow season, check your tires and make sure they are up to the challenge. Driving in the snow is dangerous, and no matter how careful you are behind the wheel, if your tires have no tread, you're looking at disaster. Also, make sure that you have a snow emergency kit somewhere in your car in case you get stuck. According to The Weather Channel, you should keep these items in your car: blanket, snow shovel, flashlight, hand warmers, matches, bottle of water and a few protein snack bars, siphon pump, lightsticks, flares, and a whistle. You never know when disaster may strike, so it is best to prepare early.
You should also take the proper precautions when it comes to just walking in the slippery weather. Wear snow boots going from one place to another. Ladies: don't try to wear heels or flats on the ice or snow. Change into your work shoes when you get there. Heels clearly are not stable in the snow, and most flats have no traction whatsoever. It might be annoying taking two pairs of shoes with you to work every day but it beats falling and getting a concussion or breaking something.
Taking small steps and thinking ahead can greatly decrease your risk of getting into an accident, so it's always better to be safe than sorry.