Well, we all appear to have made it through the 1st leg of the holidays, and hopefully survived Black Friday, Cyber Monday….you get the idea.
Since we’re all hoping for a white Christmas, our very own Donna Moulton has written some safety tips for those ‘chomping-at-the-bit’ to get out and ride.
Tips for a safe Snowmobile season:
Be a defensive driver, always be alert and aware of your surroundings, do all that you can to ensure your safety and that of other riders, never assume what the other snowmobile will do.
Watch out for: Thin ice and open water, oncoming snowmobiles, unexpected corners, road and railway crossings, bridges, snow banks and drifting snow, tree and branches on the trail, wildlife and other trail users (skiers and hikers).
Most important do not drink and ride. Snowmobiling requires alertness, caution and attention. Your reaction time and ability to control your sled can be affected after consuming even a small amount of alcohol. Alcohol has been shown to be a contributing factor in most fatal snowmobile accidents.
Be prepared if your sled breaks down. Wear layers of clothing; wear outer clothing with reflective trim on the arms and the back of your helmet; never ride alone at night, and be certain that all the lights on your snowmobile are operational.
Also know that there is insurance you can buy to cover your snowmobile for physical damage, as well as liability.