While you’re eager to relish the excitement and freedom of snowmobiling, it’s important to yourself and your fellow riders to ensure Snowmobile Trail safety. If you’ve recently purchased a used snowmobile—or if your snowmobile has been sitting in the garage since last year—a pre-season “checkup” is in order. Consult your owner’s manual for tune-up and maintenance instructions to ensure that everything is in working order, including the emergency shut-off switch.
Before you hit the trails, make sure you are equipped with all the necessary snowmobile accessories. A helmet is essential to protecting your face and head in the event of a fall or collision. Snowmobile helmets also provide protection from extreme cold, and feature open and close vents to help prevent fogging. You’ll also need protective, snug-fitting snowmobile clothing that won’t get caught on branches or on the sled.
A full-size face shield and goggles are also in order to prevent injuries caused by ice, twigs, stones and other debris on the trails. Goggles also help reduce glare. Similarly, a good pair of insulated, padded gloves can help protect hands from falls and from the cold. You’ll also need a good pair of lined snowmobile boots to keep your feet and legs warm and dry.
Rules of the road apply here too!
When operating a snowmobile, you can help ensure safe trails by using correct hand signals, checking rearview mirrors as a matter of routine, obeying all trail signs and always staying on the right side of the trail. You should also refrain from traveling across any bodies of water—and be sure to stop at all road crossings. Staying safe also takes into account your physical condition and state of mind. Being tired, not feeling well or drinking alcohol can influence your reaction time and decision-making abilities, which could lead to accidents on the trail. Equally important is making sure you’ve had a good night’s sleep before heading for the trails.
Remember to always embrace the buddy system, which ensures that everyone in your group is accounted for and okay. It’s also a good idea to carry a first aid kit in the event you or a fellow rider is injured. Once you’ve taken the necessary safety precautions, you’re ready to feel the adrenaline and savor the scenery. After all, you’ve waited for this all year! Shopping for a used snowmobile for sale by owner? Want Ad Digest carries classified listings for all the major brands, including Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha. You’ll find listings for used snowmobile equipment and accessories too.