As winter weather approaches, it’s important to take extra care when traveling. Seniors are especially vulnerable to cold weather and slippery surfaces. Here are some tips to help make sure you have a safe and enjoyable winter season:
Plan Your Route in Advance
We always recommend that our clients plan their routes in advance, especially during winter. When you know where you’re going and what obstacles you may encounter, you can avoid them. For example, if you’re expecting snowfall, we can choose a route that avoids areas where snow is likely to accumulate.
If you need clarification on the conditions of a particular road, check with our transportation department or give us a call at least a day before you set out on your trip. We can provide up-to-date information on road closures, detours, and other potential hazards.
Dress in Layers to Stay Warm
Dressing in layers will help you regulate your body temperature and stay comfortable in various conditions. Start with a base layer of clothing that will wick away moisture and help keep you warm. Add a layer of insulation on top of that, such as a sweater or jacket. Finally, top it off with a waterproof and windproof outer layer.
Seniors should also pay attention to their extremities, as they are more susceptible to cold-related injuries. Wear gloves or mittens and a hat or scarf to protect your hands, feet, and head from the cold. You can stay safe and warm all winter long by taking these simple steps.
Driving Slowly and Carefully
At HM Transport, we always exercise this safe winter travel tip. Our drivers take their time and drive cautiously in winter weather, no matter how much of a hurry they may be in. It’s better to arrive late than not at all. Our experience as a non-medical transport provider accords us the skill to navigate most roads and conditions with the utmost care without putting the lives of our clients at risk.
Pack an Emergency Kit
Your car emergency kit should include a first-aid kit, warm clothing, blankets, non-perishable food, water, a flashlight, and a cell phone charger. You should also carry your medical documents and insurance, just in case. It is also advisable to discuss with our staff if you have any underlying conditions that may require special equipment for movement. For example, we can provide vehicles with stretchers if the senior we’re transporting is bedridden.
At HM Transport, we always ensure our senior clients have an emergency kit when they travel with us. We want our clients to be safe and comfortable while they’re on the road. So, if you’re a senior citizen traveling this winter, pack an emergency kit. It could save your life!
Follow these safe winter travel tips for seniors to have a wonderful time without accidents. Plan your route and schedule ahead of time, dress in layers, and be aware of changing weather conditions. And finally, if you need assistance getting around, don’t hesitate to call HM Transport. We’re always happy to help!