6 Safety Tips All Snowmobilers Should Know

6 Safety Tips All Snowmobilers Should KnowToday marks the first day of December, which means the snowy season is already well under way. While you might cheer for all of the fun activities you get to participate in as a Connecticut resident, heading out on your favorite snowmobile does come with its fair share of risks. Navigating snowy mountains in inclement conditions is a risk on its own, but factor in a motor vehicle and it becomes an even bigger hazard. However, in this article, we’re going to discuss the six most important things to know before setting out on your snowmobiling adventure this season. Last but not least, protect your investment with a CT Snowmobile Insurance policy.

Never set out on a trail without checking the vehicle first.

Before setting out, it’s time to check the condition of the sled. Follow this checklist: throttle, ski assemblies, rods, belt, headlights/taillights, brakes, fuel, and battery levels. It’s also a good idea to check the weather and remember to pack an emergency kit (flares, extra key, first aid kit, flashlight, spare fuel, etc.).

Preserve nature.

It’s fun to get out and explore, but fun shouldn’t be had at the expense of the surrounding wildlife. Trails are paved for a reason, so avoid snowmobiling off of them. The risk of getting injured without anyone noticing is exponentially higher if you venture off the carved paths.

Stay alert.

Operating a snowmobile for extended periods of time has the same effect as driving a car: repetitive motions and sitting still can dull your senses and make you feel tired. Take a break every few hours and rest, get water, and eat something before continuing on.

Remember the golden rule: no alcohol.

This should go without saying, but manning any motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol is always a poor decision. Slower reaction times and increased tiredness are a deadly combination in any vehicle, especially on the snow.

Tell others where you’re headed.

If you plan on going on a solo snowmobiling ride, let someone know of your plan. In case something happens to you or you get lost, you’ll at least have someone who knows where you are and knows to send help on your behalf.

Never ride at night.

This should also go without saying, but never ride at night. Your visibility is compromised at night and more dangerous wildlife comes out at night to hunt. The wilderness is the last place you want to be.

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