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What do pedestrians need to know about walking in winter?

Although many of us are already dreaming of spring, we are still looking at several more weeks of cold and snowy weather. The thought may be unpleasant to those who drive on icy roads, but can be even worse for Schenectady residents who walk to get around. If you walk to work, to the store or for exercise, you face numerous dangers in the winter from traffic and slippery walking surfaces.

As you might expect, one of the top dangers you could encounter on snowy or icy pavement is slipping and falling. Drivers may also be less likely to see you or could slide into you on an icy road. There are several measures you should take as a pedestrian during the winter, states WTOP News. To reduce your chances of slipping, flat-soled shoes with heavy rubber treads may give you a better grip when navigating an icy sidewalk or slushy parking lot. Use care when the weather is freezing and watch for black ice or puddles. Be cautious when walking over newly fallen snow, which may hide slippery frozen patches on the ground. Take extra care when entering buildings, which may have wet, slippery floors near the entrance.

If you are walking near traffic, be sure to wear clothing that makes you visible to drivers, such as bright colors, a reflective jacket or safety lights. Walk facing traffic and be aware of your surroundings, especially near intersections where vehicles stop and turn. You may not be able to prevent all accidents, especially those caused by someone who is being careless or negligent. However, taking the appropriate precautions in adverse conditions is always a good idea.

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