Snowmobiles over the years have changed tremendously. The modern
snowmobile can be extremely fast, powerful and streamlined. Different
tracks are available from the standard track to the more aggressive
racing track. Snowmobiles are used for rescue, transportation in bad
weather and in remote areas and for fun in the northern states during
the winter. It is important though to remember snowmobiling safety
while operating a snowmobile.
Snowmobiling safety: Nine tips
1.) Never operate a
snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol. Not only does it lower
your tolerance to cold in the outdoors by putting you at risk for
frostbite and hypothermia but it could also impair your judgment that
could endanger your life or the lives of others.
2.) Never operate a snowmobile while under the influence of an
illegal substance. It could impair your judgment and cause you to be
involved in an accident that could endanger your life or others.
Wear the appropriate apparel when riding a snowmobile such as a
snowmobile helmet, boots, gloves and a warm pair of snow-pants and
heavy coat. It is best to wear layers of clothes that can be taken off
if you become to hot rather than not dressing warm enough.
4.) Stay on a snowmobile path as areas may look different when
covered with snow. Dangers are clearly marked on a known snowmobile
6.) Make sure someone knows where you are planning on
snowmobiling encase of an accident, emergency or should you get lost.
Losing your way can happen in changing winter weather or unfamiliar
7.) When crossing a highway or street be sure to keep your eyes
open for other vehicles on the road. They may not see you as you have a
lower center of gravity and they may not be aware of snowmobiles in the
8.) Obey all traffic signs posted just as other vehicles you share the road with are required to do when in certain areas.
Carrying a cell phone or other communication device may save your life
if you get separated from your party, run into bad weather or are
involved in an accident.