Top 5 Snowmobile Safety Tips

The snowmobile was invented as a way to move people and supplies
in areas where a lot of snow prohibited the use of conventional vehicles. Snowmobiling is now a popular North American winter
sport pursued by more than two million people annually. Today’s snowmobiles are
heavy, weighing in at more than 600 pounds with the ability to travel faster
than 90 miles per hour. Sadly, each year more than 200 people die and 14,000
people are injured in a snowmobiling accident
.

Common causes of snowmobiling accidents include obstacles in
the terrain, falling through ice, speeding, intoxication, poor judgment, and
lack of experience. The most common snowmobiling injuries are fractures to the
body’s extremities such as legs and arms but head trauma also occurs frequently
and is the leading cause of snowmobiling accident deaths.

Due to the potential dangers in snowmobiling, many states
have enacted laws and regulations to govern their use. All 50 states have set a
minimum age to operate a snowmobile, which differs depending on whether adult
supervision is present. Most states also require snowmobiles to be registered and
many states require or recommend that snowmobile riders to take a safety course
before use.

Top 5 Snowmobile
Safety Tips

Snowmobiling anywhere can be risky but
if you are venturing out on a frozen lake, you should be extra cautious. The
majority of serious snowmobile accidents happen on frozen lakes. Use these
safety tips to stay safe:

  1. Don’t ride while intoxicated
    Riding while intoxicated is just as dangerous as driving while
    intoxicated. If you are intoxicated your judgment is impaired and could
    cause you to take a turn too fast, miss an obstacle in your path, crash
    into other riders, or miss warning signs of wet spots on a frozen lake.
  2. Drive at a reasonable speed (slow down)
    Especially while riding in the dark, it is best to slow down and ride at a
    reasonable speed. Obstacles can present themselves quickly.
  3. Check the condition of the ice on a frozen lake
    While there is no exact way to know that a frozen lake is really safe, it
    is important to know that snowmobiling needs five inches of clear, solid
    ice. Ask for the help of a trusted source such as a local bait shop to
    check the thickness of the ice.
  4. Don’t ride alone
    Always ride with a friend and let one or two other people know where you
    will be riding.
  5. Be prepared if you do fall through the ice
    If the worst case scenario happens and you or your friend fall through the
    ice, you will want to be prepared with knowledge about pulling yourself
    out. There are instructional videos online that can offer tips.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have
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Snowmobiling is a popular North American winter
sport pursued by more than two million people annually. Today’s snowmobiles are
heavy, weighing in at more than 600 pounds with the ability to travel faster
than 90 miles per hour. Sadly, each year more than rel=”nofollow” >200 people die and 14,000
people are injured in a snowmobiling accident.

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