Caution!Pride comes before destruction. It’s a well known Proverb that proved true for me this winter. Every year for 7-8 years I bragged about how I went all winter without slipping and falling as I watched countless victims succumb to the perils of winter, tasting the harsh, cold reality of slick concrete and icy asphalt.

One icy day in February, that all changed ā€” it was my turn to by humbled. On my way to work, I was crossing a street to get to the bus stop not realizing I was walking on black ice. Sparing all the details, I was soon on the ground, on my tush, more embarrassed than injured, but it still hurt. I got some good advice from my Twitter pal Anewlis and I decided I would share my advice that I should have used that fateful day.

1. Don’t walk like you’re a badman.

OK so maybe this one doesn’t apply to me, but it’s still a good tip. Urban folk know what I’m talking about ā€” you know the kids with the pants at their knees with their rears hanging out and underwear showing, yeah they’re just asking for it.

2. Wear decent shoes.

Never put style before function. If your shoes have no grip, your asking for a slip. Women, wear heels at your own risk.

3. Look where you’re going.

Yeah, seems pretty simple doesn’t it? But most people just don’t do it. Try walking against a crowd during rush hour, no one is looking at anything except what’s right in front of them and you’ll end up running into them. It’s entirely frustrating. Still, I was guilty of this ā€” too busy trying to catch the bus, not realizing I was setting myself up for a fall.

4. Slide your feet / take short steps.

Running on ice is always a bad idea. So is surfing, don’t do it.

Feel free to comment with any tips you may have for me and everyone else next winter!

  • I find walking like a penguin actually works when it comes to ice! šŸ™‚

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  • I find walking like a penguin actually works when it comes to ice! šŸ™‚

    Ehren Cheung’s last blog post..The Meaning of Life On Twitter

  • Actually I saw a documentary that said penguins were very efficient walkers, even more so than human beings because of their waddling. Makes sense šŸ™‚

  • surfboards

    Thanks for posting these useful tips. I am totally impressed!

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  • Balboro

    I know it is unbelievable. But apparently these rules DO NOT APPLY to icelanders.Ā 

    I’ve been living in Iceland. I follow all those rules in order to not fall and break my neck, but they do they exact opposite. All of them. All. You see them RUNNING AND SURFING, DOWNHILL, on the sidewalks downtown. You see them doing so with complete confidence in some form of viching divinity that simply does not make them slip againt all the laws of physics. Women do so with heels. They walk comfortably and FAST on the most slippery ice while I grab myself to some wall, and with long steps too. No short steps like I do.Ā 

    And they also walk like badmen.Ā 

    I have NO IDEA of they do it. But I invite you to go to Reykjavik in the winter time and see this miracle with your own eyes.Ā 

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