How to Stay Safe on the Snowmobile Trails
When the snow flies and trails open, snowmobile season has arrived! If you are a snowmobiler, here are some tips to stay safe while enjoying the white outdoors.
December 18, 2019 |
By: Lisa D.
Lisa D. has almost 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, including over 15 years at Acuity. Before starting at Acuity, she obtained her P&C license and sold personal insurance. She keeps a pulse on industry trends while continuing to specialize in developing and updating personal auto insurance products. On top of that, Lisa has her Association in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Personal Insurance (API) designations. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time with her family. The last two go hand in hand, as she takes pictures of her kids every day.

Author of Auto Focus

When the snow flies and trails open, snowmobile season has arrived! If you are a snowmobiler, here are some tips to stay safe while enjoying the white outdoors:

 

  • Know your sled. Familiarize yourself with your snowmobile by reviewing the owner’s manual and make sure it is in safe condition prior to riding.
  • Plan ahead. Before you hit the trails, check the weather forecast and trail conditions, including ice on lakes and rivers. Wear sensible, reflective clothing (think layers!) as well as a helmet with a visor or goggles. Also, don't forget to have a tow strap in case you have to pull another sled out.
  • Know your route. Mark your trail ahead of time using a trail maps app. They are just as handy as the GPS in your car!
  • Follow the rules. Stay on marked trails. Know the distance, hour and speed restrictions, ordinances, trail signs, and proper hand signals. Don’t drink and ride.
  • Safety in numbers. Ride with a buddy. Keep a safe distance between you and other riders. Let others know your riding plans ahead of time.
  • Carry with you the snowmobile registration and safety certificate in case these are requested by a DNR or law enforcement officer. Also have a first-aid kit, emergency kit, and repair kit handy.

 

While others may complain and dread the snow, snowmobilers embrace it and look forward to getting out on their sleds. Follow these tips to help prepare for your next adventure!

By: Lisa D.
Lisa D. has almost 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, including over 15 years at Acuity. Before starting at Acuity, she obtained her P&C license and sold personal insurance. She keeps a pulse on industry trends while continuing to specialize in developing and updating personal auto insurance products. On top of that, Lisa has her Association in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Personal Insurance (API) designations. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time with her family. The last two go hand in hand, as she takes pictures of her kids every day.

Author of Auto Focus