Snowmobiles are popular in the wintertime and for anyone who may want to be on one, may not realize how very dangerous they can actually be. There have been an increase over the years in deaths that are related to snowmobiles. To avoid injury or death, here are a few tips and tricks to make your next ride safer for you and everyone involved.
Obey license and registration requirements
• Be at least twelve years of age to operate a snowmobile
• Have a valid driver’s license
• The snowmobile that you are riding should be registered legally with your closest jurisdiction and it needs to have some type of insurance coverage on it.
• Be sure to have proper identification on the snowmobile at all times. This includes a license to operate, registration, and proof of insurance.
• If you are found to be without this type of documents on your snowmobile, you could be fined up to $1,000.
• Wear a helmet and eye protection
It’s important to remember that accidents happen due to various reasons but it’s important that you always wear a helmet and always wear eye protection as well.
Accidents on snowmobiles can include:
• Breaking ice that covers lakes and rivers
• Falling from the snowmobile
• Collisions with objects such as trees, snowmobiles, and motor vehicles
The most common injury among snowmobile accidents include head injuries. This type of injury is normally due to wearing improper head protection gear or none at all. You want to be sure that you are wearing a helmet that comes with a chin strap to assist it in staying where it should be. When riding on a snowmobile, objects such as debris, twigs, and even ice can hit your face, neck, or head. Having goggles and a helmet on will protect a majority of this area covered and protected.
Properly equip yourself and your snowmobile
In addition to wearing a helmet and safety goggles for protection, it is important that you also have the following on your snowmobile:
• First aid kit
• Emergency repair kit that includes spark plugs, a drive belt, fan belt, and other tools
• A bright colored flag that you can add to your antenna
• Make sure the headlights and tail lights work so others can see you
• Never go out on your own – always travel in pairs
• Don’t drink or use drugs while driving the snowmobile
Always be aware of crossing railroad tracks or highways so you don’t run into oncoming traffic. Also be prepared and know your route, don’t venture onto un-groomed trails unless you have the experience behind you. If you receive an injury while riding, you will need a personal injury lawyer in Sherwood Park to help you in the months, as you recover.