How to Stay Safe on Ice with Ice Traction Cleats for Shoes and Boots
Don't Take a Risk on Ice
Don't risk a fall, when you can safely walk on the snow and ice by putting ice traction cleats on your shoes or boots, and even your cane. Ice cleats are available in several styles and sizes. I recommend these for everyone, young or old. Anyone can get hurt when slipping on ice and falling on your rear.
Boots Are Not Enough on Ice
My Friend Bought These Ice Traction Cleats for Her Shoes
My friend bought the Yaktrax Traction Cleats for snow and ice that you see below. She keeps one set on an extra pair of shoes in her car. She says it is much more convenient, rather than having to put them onto her shoes while sitting in the car. She doesn't want to be caught out in her car without them. Even if she only needs to walk from the car into her home, she could easily fall. She keeps a second pair inside her home to use on her boots when she needs them.
She recommends the YakTrax brand because they use steel coils instead of spikes. Sometimes spikes can hang and be hard to walk on and the coils make it much easier to walk naturally. This is especially important for the elderly that are more unsteady on their feet anyway.
Yaktrax Traction Cleats for Snow & Ice
Yaktrax cleats are available in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes, and also in a heavier weight pro version. Every member of your family should have a pair to keep them safe.
About YakTrax Ice Traction Cleats
This set of Yaktrax Traction Cleats has a patented spike-less coil design that will let you walk or run as normal. The cleats are made of high-strength, abrasion-resistant 1.4 mm steel coils and heavy-duty natural rubber. The coils also provide 360 degrees of traction on cold surfaces. They fit well to your boot or shoe.
See them in action in the video below:
The video below shows them in action on the ice and snow. You can see why you are much safer wearing cleats. It is an independent review.
Video: Review of YakTrax Traction Cleats
Keep Ice Traction Cleats in Your Car for Emergencies
Easy to Put On and Take Off
There is really no excuse for not wearing these. They're not expensive, and it only takes a minute to slip them on and take off when you're done. Anyone can do it, even a child or the elderly. If you've ever fallen on the ice, you know how bad it can hurt. Ice is hard!
To put on:
- With your shoes or boots already on, sit down and cross one leg up on the other.
- Put the front of the Yaktrax over the toe of your shoe or boot.
- Pull up and over the heel of your shoe or boot using the heel tab.
- Check to make sure it's on securely.
To take off:
- Pull off from the heel, using the heel tab. So easy!
Watch the video below to see how easy it is.
Video: How To Put On and Take Off
Good Idea for the Elderly
I was recently at a luncheon for the Kroger retirees. A fellow retiree was telling us about getting ice cleats that slipped onto your shoes. She said that she had fallen on the ice and was terrified of it happening again.
Someone told her about ice cleats that you could put on your shoes or boots and remove them when you didn't need them. She thought it was a good idea and bought some for herself. She says she loves them and keeps a pair in her car in case she gets caught out and another pair inside at home.
Being safe on ice is important for everyone, but especially so with older folk. Be prepared for the ice and snow and please don't fall.
Ice is Hard!
If you fall on ice, you could damage your back or break your tailbone. That means you will be in a lot of pain, and may even need surgery. It is always wise to take precautions against hurting yourself, no matter what your age.
To summarize the article, I have tried to impress on you how easy it is to fall on the ice and even in slick snow. I recommend using traction cleats on your boots or shoes. It's a simple solution to this age old problem.
I hope you will think about getting a pair of cleats for your shoes this winter, and stay safe on the ice. If you already own ice cleats, please let us know how you like them in the comment section below. All comments are welcome.
© 2011 Faye Rutledge