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 Snowmobiling Safety Tips

Tips for safe snowmobiling

Always carry as a minimum the following safety equipment: a tool kit, a knife, spark plugs, drive belt, first aid kit, rope, waterproof matches, a flashlight and an extra ignition key. Add more items to this list for long or night snowmobile trips.  In addition comply with the following guidelines:

  • Never drink and ride.

  • Recognize and accept the power of the snowmobile.

  • Respect the limitations of the snowmobile.

  • Check the general mechanical condition of the snowmobile before leaving.

  • Always wear proper equipment including a helmet, gloves, boots, and a protective suit.

  • Know your hand signals.

  • Know the laws governing snowmobiles
  • Check  weather forecast before beginning the trip.

  • Check ice conditions before you venture onto a lake or river.

  • Obey trail signs and stop at all road crossings

  • Stay on the right side of the trail at all times.

  • Respect private property.

  • Never ride alone.

  • Always make sure someone knows your itinerary and with whom you are traveling.

  • Always carry emergency care equipment.

  • Always carry your driverís license, money and cell phone.

  • If required be sure to have your snowmobile safety certification card.

  • Required daily medications should be with you.

  • Insurance forms for the vehicle and your health medical cards should be with you.

  • Water and high energy food are necessary.

  • Use good judgment and courtesy at all times.

Trails Signs

The purpose of posting trail signs is to control and regulate the flow of snowmobile traffic. These signs inform the snowmobiler of trail characteristics so that they can enjoy their excursion based on their level of expertise.  This  information is required for a safe and enjoyable trail riding experience.

Click here for examples of Snowmobile Trails Signs.