Staying safe while out and about this Winter

With Christmas fast approaching a lot of people will be getting out and about more, just as the weather starts to take a turn for the cold, wet and icy.

Whether you’re planning on taking a long trip on the motorway to see family and friends or if you’re rushing about in town to get the Christmas shopping done there are things you can do to make sure you stay safe and well.

Slater Gordon have put together this infographic with tips and advice for your seasonal travels.  You can get more information about them at https://www.slatergordon.co.uk/personal-injury/.

safe travels infographic

Here are my top tips for staying safe and well when out and about this Winter.

If you’re planning a long drive to see family.

  • Do a safety check on your car before you leave.  At the very least check your tyre treads and the fluid levels.
  • Fill the tank up, you never know when you might get delayed or stuck on your journey.
  • Pack some emergency supplies in the car.  You ideally want to make sure you have an ice scraper, some de-icer, a torch, a warm hat and gloves, some water and a first aid kit.  It’s also a sensible idea to pack some blankets, some snacks and a flask of something warm to drink just in case you do get stuck somewhere.

 

If you’re planning a long journey by train or coach.

  • Check the weather forecast before you leave the house, and make sure your train/coach is running.
  • Pack a carry on bag with plenty of snacks and drinks to keep you going if your train gets help up.
  • Wear layers so that should anything happen and you have to get off the train/coach at any point you’ll be able to stay warm.
  • Charge your phone before you leave and take a portable battery pack with you so that you can charge it up on the go if you need to.

 

If you’re out and about locally.

  • Check the weather forecast before you leave the house and dress accordingly.
  • If it’s icy out make sure you take your time as you’re walking around.  Try to wear shoes with good grips on the soles, or think about buying some ice grips that you can slip over your shoes to give you better grip when it’s icy.
  • Wear layers.  If you’ll be going in and out of shops you want to be able to quickly adjust to the difference in temperature between outside and inside.
  • If you’re out for a country walk then pack a bag with snacks and drinks, and torch in case it gets dark faster than you anticipate.
  • Charge your phone before you go, and take a portable battery pack if you’ll be out for a long time.

 

However far you’re travelling, it’s always a good idea to tell someone where you’re going, and what time you expect to arrive/be back.

Winter is such a lovely season for getting out and about, there’s something wonderful about a walk on a crisp Winter day, and if we’re careful there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to get out and enjoy it.

Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post.

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