With winter comes ice. Lots and lots of ice. I live on a long dirt road that ends in a final downhill dip which means that during the winter season it often becomes challenging to maneuver and sometimes even impossible when it ices over.
I got my first concussion this winter during one particularly treacherous stretch as I tried to exit my car after it slid towards the neighbors driveway and got stuck. One step and I immediately fell flat on my back slamming my head on the unyielding ice before I could make it to the garage and get dirt put down to improve traction. It was scary.
Sidewalks can also be hazardous. Basically, any surface you have to walk on in the winter can be dangerous when the temperatures dip.
My solution? Walk like a penguin. I have told my family to walk like a penguin so many times that they mock me but it works so I’ll keep repeating the phrase anytime anyone glances at the ice during the winter. It’s a proven strategy. Check out this article from Vox “3 tips to walk on ice: walk like a penguin“.
Here are some other tips for walking on the ice:
- Walk Slowly
- Shuffle or Take Baby Steps
- Keep Your Hands Out of Your Pockets
- Wear Shoes with Traction
- Use a Handrails or Other Supports When Available
- Consider Any Wet Surface as Possible Ice
- Avoid the Ice If Possible
You’d think with the stresses of maneuvering on ice, I would not be fan, but that is not the case. When not inflicting pain, ice can be incredibly beautiful especially when clinging to the surface of branches and trees.
And, if you are not in the mood to walk like a penguin, then I suggest making sure you wear the right gear. We do a lot of winter hiking, but we always wear our crampons. I actually blogged about them during last year’s challenge in my post X is for Xtreme Conditions | STABILicers Maxx make winter hiking a breeze. Having the right equipment is critical and my crampons allow me to scramble over snow and ice-covered trails without slipping.
Do you get a lot of ice where you live?
I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2018. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Winters in Maine. To read more of my A to Z posts, click HERE.