Written by Jerry Riley   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00

Walking in cold weather, is different from walking in sunny weather. We all know the problems snow and ice bring. Walking in the cold also has other unique challenges.

One of the first things to consider is outer wear and mittens. Yes, mittens. I’ve tried them and they are usually warmer than gloves. Probably because the fingers are not separated. Shoes or boots are very important. I’ve got a pair of insulated boots. They both keep my feet warm, keep the snow out and give me a little more traction than shoes. If icy out I have several pair of walking cleats that affix to my shoes or boots and help keep me from slipping on ice. 

Also remember vehicles may not be able to stop as quick as the drivers think they can. You, the walker, must always look out for your own safety.

If you are going to be outside for a longer time, you might want to dress from the skin out, layering your clothes, thinking about the cold weather.

A couple of things when walking through parking lots is you can often see the exhaust of running vehicles. Sometimes the drivers are just letting the vehicle warm up so watch the tail lights. Look for brake or back-up lights and be ready to move out of the way.

If their windows are snow or ice covered, or just fogged up, the driver may back up without having a clear view. Often, I’ve observed, driver’s don’t even look - and what a revoltin’ development this is!

Since it gets dark earlier, I try to either wear my yellow reflective coat, or, at least a reflective cap band.

Jerry Riley comments for the News Bulletin. He is a retired telecommunications supervisor.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 15:32
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