Snowmobiling is now a famous sport across the US and Canada. However, many people face serious injuries because of the same. It can happen when the motoneige usagée légèrement hits a tree, another snowmobile, a child falls or snowmobile rolls over them, unloading or loading the snowmobile, or bad weather conditions. We have listed a few important tips for safety when you are snowmobiling with your family.
Before you go out
- Check the weather forecast
- Inspect the conditions of the trails. In many areas, check if there is any danger of an avalanche.
- Be mindful when it comes to fueling your snowmobile to keep the burns and explosions at bay.
- Be wary when you are loading your snowmobile on and off the trailers to avoid the strains and crush injuries.
- Get acquainted with the signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
Have the right gear
- Don well insulated protective gear like goggles, water resistant snowmobile suits and gloves, and rubber bottomed boots.
- Drivers and passengers must don helmets that must meet all the necessary standards.
- Snowmobiles must bear brightly colored antenna flags mounted on the rods to the back of the machine. This is done so as others can see you if you are driving in the hilly areas.
- Always carry a first aid kit, an emergency kit that contains spark plugs, drive, and fan belts, an extra key, a survival kit containing flairs.
- Carry a phone or a satellite phone at all times.
- Don’t drive a snowmobile if you are under 16. And children under the age of 6 must not be allowed to be passengers. Never carry more than one passenger
- Never put people on saucers, tires, tubes, sleds or skis behind a snowmobile. To tow someone, use a sled or cutter attached to the snowmobile by a rigid bar connection.
- Always travel at slow speed over level terrain, away from trees and other vehicles.
- A spotter must always keep an eye on when someone is towed.
- Beginners must prefer groomed trails and drive in the daytime.
- Always travel at safe speeds.
- Be wary of unfamiliar or rugged terrains where unseen hazards lie such as a barbed wire.
- Always keep the headlights and tail lights on so that you and others can see.
- Always travel in groups of 2 or more if you can and only on the marked trails which are away from roads and pedestrian traffic.
- Never drunk drive a snowmobile or take any drugs that can render you high and affect your judgement.