Our days are shorter, darker, and colder – but never forget our children are walking and rolling out there! Check out these tips to make sure we all have a safe and happy winter.
Vehicle Travel Safety
- Prepare your vehicle. Ensure that you have installed your winter tires on your vehicle – or have chains on hand.
- Go slow. SLOW your speed to adjust to wet, snowy, or icy road conditions. Add more time to your travel plans to ensure your safety.
- Get educated. Take the Oregon Friendly Driver Online Course to refresh yourself on how to be a friendly and responsible driver no matter what the road conditions.
Walking & Biking Safety
- Be safe and be seen. Follow basic safety rules. Look both ways before you cross the street, watch for traffic, and pay attention to people on bicycles. Assume people driving can not see you and proceed with caution, especially when days are short and weather conditions are unfavorable.
- Share the way. Be mindful of cyclists, runners, and other trail users. Walk on the right, and listen for bells and audible warnings.
- Walk with friends or in places where there are other walkers, especially in the early mornings and evening hours… form a Walking School Bus group today!
- Dress for the Weather Dress in layers to stay warm. Pay extra attention to your feet – wear shoes/boots with adequate traction. Wear bright or reflective clothing so you can be seen.
- Get your bike ready. If biking in winter, make sure your bike is winter-ready. Check that the tires are inflated, the brakes work properly, and the chain is clean and lubricated. Make sure you have a bike light in front and a red light or reflector in back and always wear a helmet!
- Make it Fun! Warm your way with a thermos of hot chocolate or cider. Use the time to learn about how things are different in the winter – how the trees look, what color the grass is, what wildlife can be found.