During the winter months, snowmobiles can be a great source of fun outdoors. If you're lucky enough to live where there's plenty of snow or have a snowy vacation planned, chances are you may hop on and take a ride on a snowmobile this winter.
Snowmobiles riders are involved in an incredibly large number of accidents each year, from user negligence to poor weather conditions and more. If you're going to be riding this season, there are a few safety tips you need to keep in mind...
- Slow down - Excessive speed is a major factor in many accidents, especially at night. To help avoid accidents, keep your night time speed under 40 MPH.
- Never ride alone - Always ride with a friend on another snowmobile. This way if one snowmobile goes out of commission, you'll be prepared to tow it out, get back to your starting place, and have someone along to help.
- Watch the weather and check conditions before riding - Don't ride when the weather's not behaving. Plan your trip and check the trails you'll be riding to make sure it's safe to ride.
- Riding on ice - It is safest to avoid riding on lakes and rivers. If you must ride on ice, wear a life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD) over your clothing.
Please use these tips to stay safe if you find yourself on a snowmobile this winter. Happy and safe riding!