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Top tips on how to walk safely in the snow

Looking at the snow is obviously beautiful however trying to walk in the stuff can be hard, who are we kidding near impossible! We’ve put together our top tips on how to walk in the snow – even if it does mean looking like a penguin.

A Winter landscape
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So how do people walk in the snow without slipping? well for nearly all of us this is something we envy about those who breeze through like a superhero, however, as we’ve not all got these powers here are a few handy suggestions to make it that little easier.

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1. The correct footwear! There’s nothing worse than footwear which hasn’t got grip while walking through the snow, you’ll end up cuddling ever light post you see trying to just hold on. Pick boots which have been specifically designed for the Winter, these should include deep grooves on the sole, good insulation to keep your feet warm and dry! Plus you can buy removable ice grips that you can add to any shoe or boot.

2. Waddle like a Penguin. It may not look glamours however when it comes to snow, these adorable creatures know a thing or two about keep upright. Take small steps and spreading feet out slightly while walking on ice increases the centre of gravity.

Penguins walking in the snow
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3. Fewer bags. Minimising what you carry will help to balance and give you more freedom. Try switching to a backpack as this will free up your hands and provide you more safety.

4. Put your phone down. As obvious as it may seem, some of us just can’t put away our mobiles, sending texts or checking your Insta’s will leave you distracted and not aware of your surroundings. If you need to take a call why not put a hands-free kit on and this will save you having to hold onto your phone.

Mobile phone snow scene
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5. Be aware. When heading to and from cars and climbing stairs be aware these will be slippery with all the melted snow and ice. Check your surroundings and even if this does take a few minutes longer it will save any slips and slides.

6. Plan ahead. If you don’t have to go out then don’t! If you do have to get out to work try planning ahead, check weather forecasts, put down grit, shovel snow away from your main drive and leave the house 15 minutes earlier.

Car travelling in the snow
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With these tips, you’ll be able to slide your way through the ice and leave the “dancing” to the professionals.

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