There is nothing that can ruin a potentially fun snowmobile trip more than a unexpected emergency or accident. Taking the appropriate steps and precautions to be safe will make your trip memorable for all the right reasons. Here are some great safety tips to keep in mind.
- Stay away from alcohol while on the trail. Alcohol will slow your reaction times down and will impair your judgement. Not something you want when going 50+ miles per hour down a narrow trail with trees all around you.
- Slow down. Speed is one of the biggest contributors to accidents on the trail. It is very easy on today’s powerful machines to get up to speeds that there is no way you could stop if something unexpected happens. Stick to posted speed limits and you should have nothing to worry about.
- Dress appropriately. Under dressing will make your day miserable and the riders you are with miserable, as you have to keep making stops to warm up. If you dress right for the days temps you should have no problem staying out for hours at a time. Dress in layers so it is easy to shed clothing if you do get too hot.
- Bring a good first aid kit. Buy your self a quality, well stocked supply kit. In addition to the usual first aid supplies your kit should include compass, knife, flashlight, map and waterproof matches. If you use anything out on the trail, be sure and replace the items as soon as possible.
- Stay on marked trails. It is always tempting to wander off the trails system and explore, but if you are unfamiliar with the area, you could get yourself in trouble real fast. Snow does a good job of hiding holes, drop offs and open water, so use your maps and stick to the groomed trail.