Snowmobiling is one of the most popular recreational sports in America. In fact, there are over 1.2 million registered snowmobiles in the U.S. alone.
However, while it's true snowmobiling is an exhilarating winter activity it can also be extremely dangerous without taking proper safety precautions. Consider the following snowmobile safety tips to keep yourself safe on the trails.
1. Check the weather forecast before heading out
Whether you're motorcycling, dirt biking, or snowmobiling it's essential to plan your trip around weather conditions. The weather will help you determine what may be the best possible clothing for the day (talk to your local snowmobile dealer
about proper clothing and equipment). The weather will also determine if you should go riding at all. A blizzard with white-out conditions that hasn’t been planned for can become very dangerous and put you and your group in an emergency
2. Keep your snowmobile maintained
Just like how it's dangerous to operate a motor vehicle on the road when it isn't running correctly, it's dangerous to operate an un-maintained snowmobile. Be sure to perform seasonal maintenance regularly to prevent mechanical problems. Additionally
pay attention to your snowmobile equipment. Your helmet should be replaced every other year depending on how much damage it takes when you're riding. Proper maintenance will go a long way and keep you out of trouble on the wintery trails.
3. Inspect your snowmobile before you ride
Don't assume your snowmobile is safe to drive because it was in good shape the last time you rode. It's essential to inspect your snowmobile prior to each ride to ensure it's running properly. Check the battery, brakes, fuel levels, oil levels, headlights, taillights, skis, and drive belt for proper functioning. Look for wear and tear that might have occurred since during your previous trail ride. Additionally, let your snowmobile run for a few minutes to warm up before heading out.
4. Don't ride alone
Accidents happen, especially when you're snowmobiling on trails you haven't ridden on before. For this reason, it's in your best interest not to go snowmobiling alone. If you're injured or your snowmobile breaks down, a friend can give you a ride to the hospital or back to the trail head. Cell phones aren't always reliable for reception and, if you're injured, you may not be in a condition to use one.
These 4 basic riding safety tips we find are overlooked on a regular basis. It's important to follow safety precautions when operating a snowmobile or any other power sports vehicle. For more information on how to best stay safe on the trails, contact your local snowmobile dealer today.