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Staying safe on ice: five tips to avoid injury

Even in Georgia, it seems like there’s ice everywhere, from your driveway to the roads and to the parking lots.

This isn’t only a hassle. Ice usually means accidents. And lots of them.

Here are some helpful tips on how to co-exist with ice.

1) Wear appropriate footwear

Many Georgians don’t wear proper footwear for icy weather.

The Environmental Health and Safety Department at Iowa State University recommends wearing shoes with rubber or neoprene composite soles. These types of shoes are better for traction. So ladies, leave your heels and flats at home.

2) Leave early and move slowly

To stay safe, set your alarm early and actually get up instead of hitting the snooze button. Not only will this give you time to warm up your car and maybe even eat breakfast for once, but also you’ll be less likely to rush.

Let’s face it. You’re going to be stuck behind slow drivers anyway. And if you can’t beat ‘em, you might as well join ‘em. But don’t let your guard down once you’ve arrived at your destination! Keeping your phone in your pocket will help you spot ice in parking lots, and avoid it like a pro.

3) Go up the hill, but don’t pump the gas pedal down

Accelerate when approaching a hill, but then stop and let the car’s momentum carry you up the rest of the way. Hitting the gas will only make your wheels spin.

If you are struggling to make it up hills, it might be time to invest in some snow tires or retire the old Impala for the winter. You could also just avoid hills altogether.

4) Steer in the direction that you want to go

If you’re cruising down the road and suddenly realize that you’re losing the battle against black ice, remain calm. You can regain control by steering the wheel in the direction that you want to go, but be sure not to over-correct or slam on your brakes.

5) Stay inside

Your home is the best method of avoiding injury from ice altogether. If there’s another winter weather advisory in effect and you’re watching cars outside your window skidding through stop signs, use your best judgment.

With even more winter storms ahead, sticking to these simple tips could save you from a dangerous accident.

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