Snowmobile Safety is Very Important | Outdoor Newspaper
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This has been one wild, crazy snowmobile season! Substantial amounts of snowfall have broken records in some Midwestern States.

This may be making the general population crazy, however there is one group of people who are loving every single flake that falls.

The people who love to snowmobile. It has been way to long since they have even been able to ride. This winter that have enjoyed good trail conditions almost all winter. March came in like a lion, from the looks of the forecast maps the lamb is still in hiding so snowmobilers should be able to snowmobile right up till the last day.

Even though there is less than a month of snowmobile season left it is not too late to recap snowmobile safety. In fact, it is the perfect time.

If you are a “newbie” take notes, if you have been riding a snowmobile your whole life then this is a wonderful time for a little refresher.

So Here Are Eight Safety Tips:

Zero Alcohol!

  • Don’t consume any alcohol, or any drugs that could impair your senses before or during your ride.
  • Save the party for after the snowmobile is parked for the day and you and your friends are all safely back at the hotel, cabin or home.

Why This is Important:

  • There were 23 snowmobiling fatalities in Wisconsin during the last season.
  • In 70 % of these deaths Alcohol was the leading contributing factor.
  • That is 16.1 deaths that could have been avoided by just waiting to have that drink.


Slow down:

  • The DNR has set speed limits for all trails for specific hours. So, it is the law.
  • Do not Cut trail corners to the inside is not only dangerous but also illegal.
  • Drive for conditions
  • Maintain a speed that will allow time for you to stop in an emergency.
  • Do not drive faster than the slowest member of your group can safely drive.
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Why This is Important:

  • In nearly every snowmobiling accident that has ended in loss of life, speed has been a contributing factor.
  • In Wisconsin the DNR has lowered the speed limit at night to 55 for the last 4 seasons and have seen a significant decrease in accidents during those hours.


Never travel alone.

  • The “buddy system” is the best policy. Ride with a friend
  • A fun ride can become an extremely dangerous situation if an accident were to occur and there is no one there to help or call for help.

Why This is Important:

  • A snowmobile accident usually means someone will be hurt, so if you have no choice but to go alone be sure someone knows your destination, what trails you are taking and when you expect to get there and return home.


Be Prepared (even on short trips)

  • Always carry a GPS and a map of the trails you plan to ride, even if you are familiar with the area.
  • Carry a Cell Phone, Satellite Phone or even walkie talkies.
  • Check for Winter Weather Advisories or Warnings
  • Check with local snowmobile clubs to find out the condition of trails before you ride.
  • Turn up your machine, make sure all is in working order.
  • Never leave without a full tank of gas and the oil filled up.

Why This is Important:

  • It is important to have a way to communicate with the rest of your crew if you get separated.
  • It is imporant to be prepared for the worst. That way you can feel secure in enjoying the trip, knowing that things are planned out


Dress Appropriately

  • Always were a snowmobile helmet with either a full-face mask/shield or goggles.
  • Wear layers of clothing that are water repellent.
  • Be sure there are no loose strings or ties that could get caught or tangled in the snowmobile or other equipment.

Why This is Important:

  • It is important to keep your body protected from the elements.
  • Conditions can change fast, layers can be removed or added as needed.
  • Water Repellent outerwear is important, spring riding could get slushy the dryer you stay the warmer you stay.


Carry a first-aid kit

      • Flashlight
      • Knife
      • Compass
      • Map
      • Waterproof matches
      • Extra Batteries

    • Why This is Important:

      • If an emergency where to occur help may take a while to arrive, being prepared for the worst is always the best policy. Having a fully stocked first aid kit is a good start to being prepared.

      Avoid Traveling Across Bodies of Water

      • It is always best to avoid traveling across frozen bodies of water.
      • If you must travel across ice be pro-active.
      • Check ice conditions by speaking to local police, bait shops and the area snowmobile clubs first.

      Why This Is Important:

      • No Ice is Safe Ice.
      • Ice conditions can change very quickly, ice that was safe one day may not be safe the next.
      • This true of all ice whether it is on a pond, lake, stream, or river.

      Stay on Marked Trails

      • Where marked trails are not available follow the rules set by the DNR.
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      • If you are in an area where it is allowed ride on the right shoulder of the road.
      • Return to the trail as soon as possible.
      • Be alert for fences, tree stumps and stretched wire that may be concealed by snow.

      Why This Is Important:

      • Marked trails have been designed specifically for snowmobiles.
      • It is the safest place to snowmobile
      • It is the law.


      These tips should make for an impressive end a long-awaited snowmobile season.


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