When snowmobiling, it is crucial to prioritize safety in order to prevent accidents and ensure a safe return. Here are some tips to keep in mind before hitting the trails.
- Wear layers of wind- and water-resistant gear on top, with moisture-wicking materials underneath. Invest in a snowmobile suit, and make sure to have a fitting helmet, gloves, boots, and eye protection. Avoid cotton, which can make you colder if wet.
Check the weather.
- Avoid snowmobiling in dangerous weather conditions such as blizzards or freezing rain.
Know the laws.
- Familiarize yourself with local and provincial snowmobiling laws for your own safety.
Avoid substance use.
- Snowmobiling under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous and carries the same consequences as driving under the influence.
Plan your route.
- Plan your route ahead of time and share it with a friend or family member who can call for help if needed. Turn on your mobile phone’s location sharing to allow them to access your location.
Stick to designated trails.
- Use well-groomed, designated snowmobiling routes for a smooth ride.
- Follow the speed limit for better traction and control, and avoid riding on frozen water. Most public roads are off-limits to snowmobiles.
- Know the hand signals for turning, stopping, and signaling to other snowmobilers. Watch a video and practice before hitting the trails.
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