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How To Stay Safe On Your Snowmobile

Updated on January 23, 2012
Ski Doo Snowmobiles
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We all love to get outside and take a ride on our snowmobile when it snows, but often times we neglect safety measures that should be taken. Here are some tips to keep you safe on the trail.

  • Wear A Helmet! This is common sense. Not only does it protect your head from injury if something were to happen, but it keeps your head warm, and the wind out of your face. You can purchase a modular helmet to help keep the moisture out as well.
  • Dress Warmly. Obviously if you are riding a snowmobile, it's cold. Depending on where you are decides just how cold it is. If you're in Alaska, you will need much warmer clothing than if you were in Pennsylvania. Be sure to dress in layers, tucking everything together to prevent the wind from entering and hitting your body. If you were to break down, hypothermia could be a very real threat, but if you are dressed correctly, you will be less likely to fear that from happening.
  • Pack an Emergency Kit. Again, it will be cold if you're riding the snowmobile. Make sure to have extra food, water, a tow rope, a map, whistle, etc. to help you survive in the woods for a few days. Getting lost is possible, but being prepared is a life saver.
  • Know Your Limits. If you don't want to go over that bridge because it's too narrow, DON'T. That is when accidents happen. Don't push yourself just to keep up with more experienced riders. Ask for help. Someone will help you out.
  • Avoid Drugs & Alcohol While Driving The Snowmobile. This is a no-brainer. They don't mix.
  • Make Sure You Have Oil & Gas (And A Reserve Amount If You Can). Snowmobiles need oil and gas to run. Make sure both fluid levels are full, and bring reserves if you have room.
  • Don't Break Trail If You Don't Have To. Groomed trails are there for a reason. The snow on the sides of the trail is very deep and you can easily bury your machine, and it's hard to get out, especially with few people.
  • Ride With a Buddy. It's always good to have someone with you, just in case something happens. Plus, it's more fun with the more people you have.

Most of these are common sense. Use yours and you'll be safe on the trail!


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