Where we live, it's not uncommon for snowmobiles to be used for both work or play. If you live in a more rural area that receives large amounts of snow, snowmobiles are relied upon for day to day transportation.
However, snowmobiles are also used by many people for fun. No matter what you intend to use them for, snowmobile safety is vital. They are powerful machines, and if you do not take care you could cause serious injury to you or others.
Operating a snowmobile needs to be treated just like any other vehicle. “Make sure you have your snow mobile insured before riding,” states Glenn Cooper from Aviva Canada.“Just like with a car, snowmobile insurance is mandatory by law in Canada.”
Snowmobile Safety Tips
Whether you have never been on a snowmobile before or if you are a seasoned rider taking a snowmobile out for a ride for the first time in the season, the following snowmobile safety tips are worth reviewing:
- Know the law: Make sure you are aware of the laws regarding snowmobile use. Make sure your registration and insurance papers are in order before riding.
- Inspect before riding: Always thoroughly check your machine out before you ride. Check the engine, the oil, and make sure you have enough gas to reach your destination. Make sure everything is in working order, and make sure you have an emergency kit. Emergency kits are not only handy if you need to make a quick repair, they can be a life saver.
- Don’t drink and drive: Drinking and operating a snowmobile has the same repercussions as if you were to drink and drive in a car. Never drink and operate any form of vehicle.
- Be aware of your surroundings: Driving a snowmobile safely requires concentration. Always focus on the path ahead and your surrounds. All it takes it is to be distracted for a second and you could crash.
- Take lessons: Driving a snowmobile is not as easy as it looks. If you have never driven a snowmobile before or if you have not been on one for an extended period of time, consider taking a lesson or two to brush up on your skills and knowledge.
- Dress for the weather conditions: Make sure you have the right clothing on for the weather conditions. Remember that you will be exposed to the weather at all times and you need to properly protect your body from the cold.
- Tell people where you are going: Always tell another person where you plan on riding before departing. This way if you don’t come back as scheduled, they will know where to start looking.