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Snowmobile tips for beginners

Learn how to be prepared and stay safe when you hit the trails this winter.

Two snowmobiles on a trail.

If you’re new to snowmobiling, you may not be familiar with all the preparation that goes into a day on the trails. These simple snowmobile tips can help you stay safe as you start out.

Before you head out

  • Contact your insurance agent to review your riding history and discuss ways to help protect yourself with snowmobile insurance.
  • Register your snowmobile and make sure your current registration decal is applied to it.
  • Check your state and local requirements regarding licensing, safety certificates, and any additional training.
  • Wear appropriate cold weather gear and dress in layers since temperatures can shift during the day.
  • Wear a helmet and proper eye protection.
  • Check your fuel and fluid levels along with the overall condition of your machine.
  • Always check the weather before you leave.

On the trail

  • Know the area, with more snow comes more responsibilities.
  • Be aware of the differences between private land and public trails.
  • Always travel with other snowmobilers and let someone at home know where you’re headed and when you plan to be back.
  • Use good judgment and don’t be too overconfident while riding.
  • Watch for hazards such as trees, barbed wire, and other snowmobilers.
  • Always ride sober.
  • Bring a first aid kit, water and nonperishable food items. If you’re planning a longer trip, bring a shovel, warming blankets, and supplies to build a fire.

Being prepared and remembering these simple snowmobile tips can help you stay safe and have fun on every turn of the trail.


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