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Any Ohio resident will tell you that you can’t trust the weather around these parts.  One minute the sky is blue and the birds are singing and the next minute there’s pouring rain and thunderstorms.  Winters can be tough around here, too.  Ask anyone who was living in Dayton at the time about the “Blizzard of ‘78” and you’ll hear a few stories about how powerful winter weather can be.  

Wintry weather is tough on everybody, but especially seniors.  Driving is a skill that deteriorates with age and slick conditions can complicate an otherwise routine trip.  It’s important that your car be ready to handle the conditions.  Make sure that your car is in good operating condition and is free from any major mechanical issues.  Being stuck on the side of the road in the cold is the last thing you need.  Check your tread depth and ensure that your lights and windshield wipers work properly.  If you’ve been putting off any minor repairs, now is the time to get those taken care of.

Extra Supplies
A blanket, extra hats, gloves, scarves, shovel, ice scraper, sand bags, and a mobile phone can be lifesavers in an emergency.  Even if your car is in tip top shape, better to be safe than sorry.  

Pay attention to the weather
Be up to date on the current conditions as well as the forecast during your trip.  The weather is fickle in Dayton; even if it looks safe out now that could change quickly.  

Take your time
Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.  Drive slower on slippery roads.  You may take a little more time than usual but you’ll be safe.  Avoid accelerating or braking quickly and steer gradually.  

Stay home
Even if you are well prepared for the conditions, other drivers may not be.  When in doubt, don’t go out.  

Get help
If you really need to get to the grocery store or pick up a prescription but you’re worried the weather is a little more than you can handle, enlist the help of family members or call us at Home Instead Senior Care.  We’d be glad to help and make sure that you’re safe this winter.

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