Ok, let’s be real – when it comes to riding any motorised vehicles it is never 100% safe. As per our experience, shit can hit the fan real fast. But who promised fun is going to be safe anyways? You might agree that life without a daily hit of adrenaline would be so boring. The same applies to snowmobiling. There’s plenty of challenge awaiting when you’re about to ride into the winter wonderland. The best preparation is knowing where you’re getting yourself into so read our tips on how to avoid the biggest threats of snowmobiling.

Take a Safety Course

Many states require a snowmobile certificate and honestly, there is a reason for that. A safety course helps to learn all the dangerous conditions and escape potential hazards. Especially if you haven’t even ridden a snowmobile, taking a safety course is a no-brainer.

Avoid Riding on Frozen Water

In Canada, about 41% of all snowmobile-related deaths occur on lakes or rivers. The statistics speak for itself – you must pay an extreme caution when crossing water that appears to be frozen. If you absolutely must, always double-check the condition of lake or river you’re about to cross. Is the ice hard and clear enough to withstand the weight of 600 pounds? Avoid driving if you see slushy ice or you’re near moving water. Always check with the local snowmobile riders about the conditions of nearest lake or river.

Wear appropriate gear

Similarly as with riding dirt bikes, it always pays out to have a proper gear and clothing. Sturdy equipment is another guarantee that helps to protect your health in case of accidents. A good helmet is an absolute must! Also always inspect your snowmobile before every ride. Check the fuel and oil levels, brakes, battery, skis, drive belt and lights. Add some dope and flashy snowmobile graphics so others can see you better.

Ride at Daylight

We just love statistics when it proves a point, like in this case. As it turns out, two thirds of all snowmobiling accidents occur at night. Sounds like a good reason to stick to daylight when going for a ride, right? Therefore, plan the ride so you can return home right before dusk. Plus, the scenery is so much nicer when you can actually see something around you. 

Don’t Ride Alone

First of all, riding alone is just plain boring. Second – it is much more dangerous. This is especially true when you’re hitting an unknown trail for the first time. Always tell your family or friends about your plans and route of the day as cell phones don’t always work in remote areas.

Don’t Pull Anyone Behind You

We’ve witnessed some terrible accidents that occur when people are getting pulled on something behind a snowmobile. Your ride is not meant for that. This is not just dangerous, it is plain stupid so don’t be that guy. Be smart.

And a Few Other Obvious Tips

There are some things that seem completely obvious, however – we tend to hear more and more accidents that still happen in spite of common sense. For example, snowmobiling simply does not go together with alcohol. That can easily lead to delayed responses and bad accidents. You should be at least 16 years old to ride a snowmobile and it is strictly prohibited to have a child under the age of six as a passenger.

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