Snowmobiling is one of winter’s most-loved activities—in fact, there are more than 1.2 million registered snowmobiles in the United States.
If you count yourself among these snowmobile enthusiasts, the first snowfall is probably one of your favorite days of the year.
While snowmobiling is exciting and a great way to enjoy winter, accidents, unfortunately, do happen.
The upside is that many can be prevented with a little extra caution. Here are 11 snowmobile safety tips worth knowing.
- Review your state’s laws about what age riders can start operating snowmobiles.
- Check the weather and trail conditions before heading out.
- Keep a safe speed—especially after sunset, when it’s a good idea to stay below 40 mph.
- Stay on designated trails and avoid any areas that attract pedestrians.
- Go with a friend whenever possible.
- Like with cars, alcohol and snowmobiles don’t mix.
- Protect yourself by wearing the right gear—goggles, a helmet, a waterproof snowmobile suit, gloves and rubber-bottomed boots.
- Stash a first-aid kit, a charged cell phone and flares somewhere safe.
- Avoid ice at all costs!
- Always leave headlights and taillights on to increase visibility.
- Consider taking a snowmobile safety class.
A final thing to keep in mind is talking to your insurance agent about the right coverage for your snowmobile. It’s possible you may need an endorsement on your policy to protect your snowmobile, so contact an insurance professional like an Erie Insurance agent to learn more and get a quote.