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There’s no better way to satisfy your need for speed than by taking your snowmobile out on some fresh powder.
Snowmobiling is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States, and for good reason. With more than 1.3 million registered snowmobiles on the trails in the US alone, snowmobiling is a great way to get some fresh air and reconnect with Mother Nature.
However, it can also be dangerous. It’s important to stay up-to-date with all the latest safety recommendations to prevent potential hazards. Here’s what you need to know.
Be Warm, Be Safe, and Be Prepared With These 6 Snowmobile Safety Tips
Before you hit the trails, make sure you’re prepared for anything by following these six simple snowmobile safety tips.
1. Take a Snowmobile Safety Course
One of the best ways to stay on top of your personal safety as a snowmobiler is to take a snowmobile safety course. Many states require this - but it’s a smart move even if it’s not mandatory.
This kind of class will teach you how to ride safely as well as any rules or regulations that are in place. You can also pick up some helpful techniques that can assist you in operating your snowmobile and avoiding common hazards.
2. Don’t Speed
Driving at a moderate speed will let you react with enough time to spare if there’s a hazard up ahead on the trail. Most trails have posted speed limits, but even if they don’t, it’s wise to slow it down.
Plus, did you know most insurance policies won’t cover you if you’re doing any competitive racing? Keep your speed reasonable and legal - and you’ll stay covered.
3. Have Good Insurance
And while we’re on the subject of snowmobile insurance, did you know that New York State (as well as many other states) require insurance to legally operate your sled off your property?
One of the best things you can do to stay safe on the trails is to have a good insurance policy in place.
Depending on the circumstances, this helps cover repairs to your vehicle if it’s damaged in a crash. It can also cover medical bills if you’re responsible for someone else’s accident.
In many cases, snowmobile insurance also can protect you financially if your vehicle is stolen or damaged by events like fire or vandalism.
4. Watch the Weather Forecast
We snowmobilers like to pride ourselves on a “down for anything” mentality. It doesn’t matter what Old Man Winter throws our way - we can handle it!
However, it’s important to keep tabs on the local weather forecast just in case. Challenging conditions like whiteouts, windchill, snow blindness, and sun glare can make riding difficult and unsafe. If you’re second-guessing the weather conditions, play it safe and hit the trails another day.
5. Dress Appropriately
Wear a snowmobile suit while riding. This combination of insulated bibs and a jacket will help you stay warm and dry. Beneath that, wear layers (preferably not cotton). Don’t forget your winter boots, goggles, and gloves, too.
Most importantly? Don’t forget your helmet. Choose a DOT-approved helmet to stay warm and protect your head from injury.
6. Inspect Your Ride
Take a good, long look at your snowmobile before you head out. Follow the recommended service schedule to keep your machine up and running smoothly. Before each and every ride, check the battery, fuel and oil levels, brakes, skis, headlights, and tail lights. And be sure to give your snowmobile time to warm up before you speed off!
Why Snowmobile and ATV Insurance Matters
Here at Northern Insuring Agency, Inc., we can help you find a snowmobile insurance option that works for you.
From determining how much coverage you need to finding you the best possible rates, we’ll work with you to obtain the proper coverage.
Don’t get left out in the cold. Contact Northern Insuring today for a quote. We’ll simplify the complicated… for insurance of all kinds.