It doesn’t matter what the groundhog said, winter is still blasting North America.  The most recent batch of snow, rain, ice pellets, and sleet has people buying salt by the bucket load, smashing ice off their car windows with gusto, and wondering what they can do to help prevent slipping and sliding all over the place.  

Here are some tips to help keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, from your friends at Car Generator.

Dealing With Icy Roads When You’re Driving

  • This may seem like a simple solution, but when you can, avoid driving in icy weather if possible, consider taking public transit or postponing your meetings to another, less slippery day
  • Make sure your car is well equipped with snow tires to give you the best possible grip on the roads
  • Make sure you have your car equipped with a road safety kit (to see our list of what to include in this kit  click here)
  • Wear your seatbelt, we shouldn’t have to say this, but have it on at all times, even when pulling out of your driveway or in a parking lot
  • Slow down, that includes during acceleration and deceleration
  • Leave a bigger following distance between other cars on the road
  • If you hit black ice while driving, first take your foot off of the gas pedal (and gear down if driving standard), keep your car pointed in the direction you want to head, and if you start to slide aim to reach a point of better traction, like grass or snow
  • Have your brakes checked on a regular basis
  • Moving slowly is better than stopping on icy roads (when you can safely do so); apply this principle to slowing down when approaching lights so they change as you approach, or when going up a hill
  • Plan your driving route to avoid big hills, areas with known congestion or bad congestion, or smaller roads that have been less likely to have been salted and plowed

For Travel By Foot

  • Invest in a pair of boots/shoes with a solid grip and traction
  • Walk like a penguin to avoid falling (it sounds silly, but it works!)
  • Know how to spot black ice, which is formed when ice (or snow) melts and then refreezes.  Odds are the sunniest spots in your travel during a sunny day will be the ones that are icy later on.
  • Shovel your driveway, walkways and frequently travelled routes to avoid ice build up, and use salt and sand to help keep the ice away
  • If you spot black ice or an icy pathway in front of someone’s house or storefront, let them know; you could save someone else a fall
  • If you find yourself nervous on your feet consider purchasing a pair of ice cleats or grips to secure to your boots on particularly icy days

Don’t worry, spring really is just around the corner, we promise!