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Icy where you are? Try these tricks to keep your feet on the ground
Thursday, 10 December · 2 min read

Hands up if you’ve ever taken a tumble on an icy patch while out and about in winter?

It’s a common problem at this time of year, but it’s easily avoided if you:

  • wear shoes with good grip – pull on walking boots or rubber-soled shoes with a strong grip to keep your feet firmly on the ground. These types of shoes will help you avoid slipping, especially when it’s icy. You should also try to avoid wearing heels
  • allow time to walk more slowly – give yourself more time to get where you need to be, especially if you’re walking all the way
  • shuffle as you walk – when you next notice yourself struggling to stay upright, try shuffling your feet instead of picking them up. It may feel a little strange, but you’ll keep a better grip on the ground
  • keep an eye on the ground – pay attention to what you’re about to walk on so you’ll spot any icy patches before you hit them. But remember to also keep an eye on what’s going on around you
  • keep your hands free – don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. Keep them by your side to help you feel more balanced
  • make use of whatever’s around – grab onto lampposts, handrails or other structures along the way if you need extra support
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