The ‘Pysy pystyssä’ campaign reminds you that you can be prepared for slippery winter conditions by wearing studded shoes or anti-slip guards, which will undoubtedly help you stay upright. However, according to a survey by the Finnish Road Safety Council, approximately one in three working-age people thinks that studded shoes or anti-slip guards are too difficult to use when commuting.
In fact, more than two in five (44%) respondents admitted that they never wear anti-slip guards or studded or high-traction shoes when walking in slippery winter conditions. Approximately one in three (32%) reported using one of these aids at least most of the time.
“It is quite human that many people find it difficult to use anti-slip guards and studded shoes. It does add one more thing to busy mornings. However, people of working age experience a lot of slipping and falling accidents, and usually you do not see the accident coming. Therefore, it is worth considering whether it would be better to be prepared for slippery conditions in advance than to regret it afterwards,” says Eero Kalmakoski, Contact Manager for the Finnish Road Safety Council.
“We are all probably familiar with the feeling of trying to stay upright with tense muscles on a slippery pavement. Thus, using studded shoes or anti-slip guards also prevents tight muscles – not to mention the more relaxed walking. Try them and give yourself a good new habit,” Kalmakoski encourages.
Here’s how you can prepare for slippery conditions and stay on your feet:
- Pay attention to your choice of footwear – shoes with a good grip have low, wide heels and an outsole made of soft material with good traction.
- Use anti-slip guards or studded/high-traction shoes to get the best grip in slippery conditions.
- Focus on walking. If you are paying attention to things like your mobile phone, instead of walking, you can be taken by surprise by the slippery conditions.
- Be prepared. When you are alert, you are better equipped to avoid slippery areas.
- Check for warnings. You can check the weather warning for pedestrians on the Finnish Meteorological Institute website, for example.
- Provide feedback on the maintenance of courtyards and passageways or spread gritting sand on the yard yourself, if possible. Spreading gritting sand and clearing away snow helps others stay upright, as well.
- Maintain good physical health. Being in control of your own body and being in good physical condition help you to remain upright.
Photo: Finnish Road Safety Council