Snowmobiling Safety: Eight Tips
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: Eight tips
- 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.
- 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.
- Stay on a snowmobile path as areas may look different when covered with snow. Dangers are clearly marked on a known snowmobile trail.
- 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 terrain.
- 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 area yet.
- 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.