- Wear appropriate clothes and protective gear.
- Check the weather forecast and trail conditions.
- Understand how to operate the vehicle and its controls.
- Inspect the snowmobile before you ride.
- Bring a first aid kit and small pack with emergency items.
- Do not overload your snowmobile.
- Carry a map on you if traveling in an unknown area.
- Only travel in designated snowmobiling areas.
- Avoid areas with inadequate snow cover.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Stay away from ditches, bridges, and drop-offs.
- Approach hills and summits with caution.
- Pump your break when descending a hill to avoid locking the breaks.
- Avoid frozen lakes, rivers, and waterways.
- Be aware of obstacles that could be beneath the snow.
- Cross roads at a 90-degree angle.
- Lean into turns with your upper body to improve maneuverability of sled.
- Do not travel too fast - keep your speed reasonable.
- Wear reflective clothing at night and ride with extra caution.
- Buddy up with other riders in case of an accident or breakdown.
- Avoid riding in potential avalanche areas.
- Do not ride when under the influence.
- Be considerate of others on trails.
- Use common snowmobiling signal to communicate with other riders.
- Do not pull people on anything behind your snowmobile.
- Ask permission if crossing private property.
- Take a snowmobile safety course.
We here at ALINK Insurance Services hope that these snowmobile safety tips lead to some fun and safe rides this winter season. What's your favorite snowy day activity? Let us know in the comments below!
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