Do you walk with your hands in your pockets to keep them warm? Do you take long strides or walk with “a spring in your step”? You shouldn’t – not on snowy days, anyway.
While no amount of caution can prevent every slip and fall on ice, a few small changes to the way you walk in winter weather conditions can go a long way toward protecting you.
- Keep your hands free for balance (so you’re less likely to fall in the first place) and to help you react if you should slip. That means your hands shouldn’t be in your pockets or occupied by a cell phone or other potential distraction.
- Take short, shuffling steps that keep your feet on the ground as much as possible.
- Take it slow. The faster you try to move, the more you are increasing your chance of getting hurt. Plan ahead by giving yourself extra travel time, and walk slowly. After all, there’s no price for winning a race to the emergency room.
Yeah, it may not look cool, but neither is walking around in a cast or, worse, not being able to walk around at all.