Walking in winter

Winter can be a challenging time of year when out and about on foot. Whether you walk to work or school or like enjoying a country walk on a crisp winter’s day, follow our tops tips to help keep you safe.

  • Be safe be seen, make sure drivers can see you.
  • Wear appropriate footwear, wear shoes or boots with appropriate traction.
  • Remember that footpaths may not be treated.  There may be frost, ice and snow so walk with extreme care.
  • Ice can easily hide under a light dusting of snow. Just because you don’t see the ice doesn’t mean it’s not there waiting for your unsuspecting footfalls.
  • Snow and ice can change road conditions rapidly, so use extra caution when crossing roadways, and always cross at pedestrian crossings.
  • Visibility is reduced in snowy or freezing fog conditions so wear high visibility clothing. Consider carrying a torch.