Tis the season! Top tips for snowmobile safety this winter

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This winter, with social distancing and other restrictions in place, you might be looking for some outdoor fun to keep you occupied and entertained. If you’ve decided to take up snowmobiling, you’ll need a few tips on snowmobile safety.

Snowmobiling is generally a fun and safe pastime but it can be dangerous if you don’t follow basic snowmobile safety tips.

If you are new to the sport, here are some snowmobile safety tips to keep in mind. Read on:

Take a class

There are classes offered in snowmobile safety and some states require you to take classes before you ride. If you are a first-timer, you’ll need to set aside the time to take a class so you can operate your snowmobile safely!

Check the weather and get good gear

Don’t ever head out on the trails without checking the weather and trail conditions and then, making sure you have the right gear. You never know if a trail will be frozen or have a hazard, or if the weather is just too cold – or a storm is brewing – unless you check first.

And even if you check and it all looks clear, you’ll need the right gear to stay safe and warm. A helmet, a snowmobile suit, boots, and gloves are just the basics.

You should bring your cell phone (although it may not work if you are in a remote area) and a first aid kit as well!

Don’t ride alone

While it may be tempting to hit the trails on your own, it’s not a good idea. Make sure you have a buddy with you in case of an accident or breakdown. While you should also be inspecting your snowmobile before you ride, things happen.

Look ahead

It’s important to always be vigilant when you ride, looking for obstacles and dangers. And stay off rivers and lakes. While they might look safe and frozen, you can’t possibly know what is underneath.

And don’t speed! You need time to react. Most trails are marked and have speed limits for good reason.

Don’t drink

If you are going out on the trails, stay sober. Like driving a car, you can’t drive your best while you are impaired, so don’t even try.

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