Too much ice and snow can make it very difficult to walk around. The thin layer of water on the surface acts as a lubricant, making people slip and succumb to injuries. Here are a few tips that can make it easier and safer to walk on ice and snow:
Have you seen vehicles moving slowly on ice or snow? Unless there is a clear path, it is not safe to walk or drive on ice or snow. You need to give yourself some extra time and move at a slower speed, steading carefully with each step you take. You need to be extra careful while climbing or descending stairs, entering and exiting vehicles or buildings. Remove any water or snow from your shoes and use hand rails for support. Plan ahead and leave home a bit earlier than usual.
Avoid Walking on Melting Ice
Ice becomes more slippery when it is melting. Although slippery, you should find it easier to walk on ice when it is at zero to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. But the molecules on its surface start behaving like water, while melting. Therefore it is better to avoid walking on ice when it is getting warmer.
Be Mindful When Walking on Slopes and Stairs
Flat surface is one thing; but you need to be really mindful while taking the stairs or walking on slopes. This is where your weight might cause your foot to move, whether you like it or not. If the ice makes you slip, you may not be able to adapt to your gait. You can use handrails while climbing up or descending stairs. Make sure you keep your hands out of your pockets.
Watch Out For Changing Surfaces
You should be fine while walking on dry and straight surfaces. But what if you suddenly come across an icy path? If you alter your gait quickly your friction force might reduce. This reduction can cause you to slip if you don’t recognize the challenge in time. Keep track of changing surfaces and adjust your stride pattern accordingly.
Wear boots or shoes that provide traction
Traction cleats or shoes are a must when walking on ice or snow. Leather or plastic soles may not work well here. You will have to choose rubber footwear or those made from neoprene composite. Quadtrek All-Terrain Snow Cleats can be a best option because of its enhanced stability and traction. Triangle-shaped, these traction cleats come with 24 spikes and are available in all sizes.
The above tips might help you recognize the challenges of walking on ice and adjust your gait. However, if everything fails it is always better to waddle. You need to make sure your weight is in a straight-down stance.
Have you ever seen a penguin walk? That’s exactly what you need to do while walking on really slippery ice. You need to make sure your feet are carrying your weight carefully. That’s how you will be able to minimize your chances of slipping.