Here’s how to avoid a fall. Just walk like a penguin.

Posted at 7:49 AM, Mar 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-06 13:38:54-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- With all of the ice on the ground in Central Virginia, driving on roads may be the least of your worries. Your bigger problem might be getting out of your house and walking down icy steps and driveways.

CBS 6's Jake Burns gave viewers some handy suggestions Friday morning. First, he suggested using some kind of de-icer on your steps. We found a recipe online that combined rubbing alcohol, Dawn dish soap and hot water that immediately thawed the ice once it was poured. If you don't have those items at home, a mat with a rubber backing or even a bath towel could be a good option to providing traction on slippery surfaces.

Once out of your home and walking to the car, experts suggest walking like a penguin. That is, pointing your toes out with heels together and scooting along the ice. The method keeps your center of gravity over your toes making you less likely to fall.

If you find your car locks and handles frozen, you can try heating up the metal part of your key with a lighter before inserting it into the lock. But it's not recommended for drivers that have a remote mechanism on the key.

Despite all the options, the best advice is probably giving yourself extra time to let things warm up before braving the ice.